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Israeli Ministry Blocks Imports of Palestinian Dairy, Meat Products

16 July 2019

PALESTINIAN TERRITORY - As of 1 August, Israeli Authorities will prohibit the export of Palestinian meat and dairy products into East Jerusalem, a decision passed on 1 July this year.

A large banner, from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, at the Qalandia checkpoint passage for cargo trucks, stated that the import of products produced in the West Bank into East-Jerusalem, such as meat and dairy, is prohibited.

The Ministry has yet not released a press statement, explaining the reasons for this step.

According to the Palestinian Economy Ministry, Palestinian Authorities (PA) had not received any formal notification about this decision. The Director of the Palestinian Food Industries Union (PFIU), Bassam Abu Ghalyoun told AI-Monitor that Palestinian companies had received a message from the Civil Israeli Civil Administration agriculture staff officer, Samir Muadi, informing them about the upcoming export restrictions.

He further explained that Palestinian dairy products export amounts 4,500 tons and 100 tons of meat which are exported to East-Jerusalem each month.

In an interview with the Voice of Palestine Radio, Khalid al-Assaily, economy minister of the PA, stated that they would take on similar means targeting Israeli products exported to Palestine if the decision is carried out.

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Source: Palestine Monitor

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