Friday, July 19, 2013

Those Wily Israelis


Israeli permits hit Palestinian markets
Israel has granted thousands of Palestinians permits to enter Israel for the holy month of Ramadan, drawing shoppers away from West Bank markets, a Palestinian official said Thursday...West Bank markets have suffered as Palestinians head to Israel to go shopping.

Jamal Jawabreh, secretary-general of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry, said the Palestinian economy was already suffering from a lack of liquidity, while salaries have dropped and the cost of living has increased. 
Jawabreh said Israel was granting Palestinians access on all days except the days of prayer to encourage them to shop in Israel.

...Economic analyst Yasser Shahine said the permits were directly affecting Palestinian markets, and that Palestinians were buying even basic goods like dairy produce from Israel due to lower prices.

So, is the "occupation" being bad - or good?


P.S.   Even Gaza is in trouble.



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