Pales­tinian calls for Pales­tine boy­cott

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

A CAM­PAIGN group has launched a boy­cott with a dif­fer­ence this week — call­ing on Bri­tish shop­pers to stop buy­ing goods pro­duced in the West Bank and Gaza.

Boy­cott of Pales­tinian Goods and Ser­vices (BPGS) is also ask­ing traders to stop im­port­ing olive oil, figs, dates, soap and flow­ers from Pales­tinian sources.

Cam­paign di­rec­tor Muh­sir Muta- wakil, who claims in a press release that he con­verted to Ju­daism in 1994, said Ha­mas’s con­trol of Gaza had re­sulted in “re­li­gious and gen­der apartheid” for 120,000 Pales­tinian Chris­tians and more than two mil­lion women.

Rafah-born Mr Mutawakil, who claims he has held “suc­cess­ful” talks with Bri­tish firms, said: “There is a grow­ing re­al­i­sa­tion that fos­ter­ing busi­ness deal­ings and ex­changes in the travel, pro­fes­sional, ed­u­ca­tional and med­i­cal sec­tors with th­ese apartheid-based regimes is counter-pro­duc­tive. Com­mit­ments made for 2009 are be­ing rene­go­ti­ated or dropped.”

A Board of Deputies spokesman said it was un­aware of BPGS and was op­posed to boy­cotts: “We would like to see a time when peace­ful co-op­er­a­tion be­tween Is­raelis and Pales­tini­ans boosts the economies of both peo­ples. The first step is to en­cour­age trade and not en­gage in sanc­tions.”

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