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Israeli permits hit Palestinian markets
Published Thursday 18/07/2013 (updated) 26/07/2013 16:36
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- 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.

Palestinian youths were granted permits to enter Israel from Sunday to Thursday, but not on Fridays or Saturdays, even though worshipers seek to pray in Jerusalem on Fridays during the holy month.

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.

He said Israel was trying to counter its own deficit. The Chambers of Commerce has discussed the issue but is unable to stop Israel granting permits, he added.

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.

Shahine said the lack of trade rules exacerbated the problem, as Palestinian merchants bought goods from Israel and sold them at a higher price in West Bank markets, rather than trading in local produce.

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1 ) matt / uisa
18/07/2013 21:48
so if israel doesnt give permits to travel everyone complains. now that they give permits people still complain

2 ) france / france
18/07/2013 23:04
how occupation can be a cynical situation...

3 ) Moshik / Bolywood
18/07/2013 23:40
Nonsense! The prices in Israel are 50-100% more than in the West Bank. It's exactly the other way around. Israelis goes to the West Bank to shop on Fridays.

4 ) southparkbear / usa
19/07/2013 00:51
please do not get the wrong idea. this is clearly another great palestinian victory

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
19/07/2013 05:55
To matt #1. It's another way of draining off the foreign aid intended for Palestinians and adding it to the foreign aid intended for Israel. Notice that the terrorist threat doesn't seem to be much of a concern.

6 ) sam / australia
19/07/2013 08:30
matt, u said it. i never though i'd hear palestinians complaining about NOT having travel restrictions.

7 ) NO MATTER WHAT ISRAEL DOES / THE ARABS
19/07/2013 09:16
will criticize it EVEN when it opens its door for million Palestinians--to let them BATHE in the ocean.

8 ) Pro Pal / UK
19/07/2013 11:16
What happened to the love for Pal products, BDS etc.

9 ) All of this is ridiculous / USA
19/07/2013 11:53
Of course they will criticize, permits or not the wall is still there destroying most of the economy, are you all f'ing blind?

10 ) Jan / Netherlands
19/07/2013 13:48
So: 1. Israelis are bad because they granted permissions. 2. They are also bad because they don't grant permissions. 3. The Israelis conspired to drain Palestinian markets by granting permissions. 4. They conspired to limit Palestinian freedom of religion by granting permissions that are only good for weekdays. 5. They have a deficit and deal with it by diverting Palestinians shoppers to Israel. 7. Goods are more expensive in PA than in Israel. Are you for real? Is this real journalism?

11 ) Don Sharpe / Canada
19/07/2013 15:53
This is one of the funniest articles I've ever read. Talk about 'can't please some of the people Evah'! Oh, and Jan, if you're looking for real journalism, you'll have to look somewhere other than Ma'an.

12 ) Mel / USA
19/07/2013 17:53
Palestinians must THINK/act carefully when given ANYTHING by their occupiers! Token'freedom',"permit"usually comes with STRATEGIC COST,to fellow Arabs. Enter Jerusalem to PRAY only!But,take the NIS(currency of occupation)back to YOUR West Bank Palestinian shops,on ethical,moral,PRINCIPLE! Whether you shop in occupied Jerusalem or occupied West Bank,Israel will deduct its pound of flesh! What nasty Zionism gives with a finger,it TAKES with a BUCKET or back-hoe!No"permit"needed for what is YOURS rightfully!End the Israeli occupation/collective punishment,that's NOT "permitted" under international rule of law,FIRST!Then shop FREELY,by choice,with clean money!

13 ) Colin Wright / USA
19/07/2013 23:17
'Palestinian youths were granted permits to enter Israel from Sunday to Thursday.' Whatever happened to the dire terrorist threat? I thought that it was not merely sufficient to keep them out, but to build the 'security fence' to do it. ...or does the 'security fence' serve another end entirely?

14 ) Libra - scales of justice / United Kingdom
20/07/2013 17:31
(13) Colin Wright/USA Well said and to the point, you have hit the nail on the head with your comments. 10/10.

15 ) All of this is ridiculous / USa
20/07/2013 17:35
@10, Jan - Yes, this is for real. Wake up. @11 - Don, you have a lot to learn.

16 ) Colin Wright / USA
21/07/2013 23:28
To NO #7 'will criticize it EVEN when it opens its door for million Palestinians--to let them BATHE in the ocean.' It is revealing that you see it as an absurdity that Palestinians should be allowed to go to the beach in Palestine.

17 ) Uzi / Israel
22/07/2013 12:29
To #13 all those young people are checked for security clearence. Yes, sometimes one slips thru and murders Israelis. and your complaint is what???

18 ) southparkbear / usa
25/07/2013 15:23
get them hooked up on israeli good (like shamenet tenuva) and then like a good dealer pull the plug

19 ) Shocked / Aus
07/08/2013 20:12
When will pals and Israelis find a way to live togather palestiams are waiting too much time winging .
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