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For many years, the Palestinian Authority and other sundry actors have been actively trying to promote a Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) campaign against Israel. While calling on the rest of the world to boycott Israel, the Palestinians themselves maintain substantial levels of trade with Israel.



Speaking at an exhibition of Palestinian products in Ramallah, Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub commented:

“This activity is significant, and we hope that it will be part of a heightened and comprehensive effort – geographically and socially among all the Palestinians – to develop their understanding and create an awareness for distancing and boycotting the Israeli products.”
[Official PA TV News, Oct. 31, 2022]
While Rajoub calls to boycott Israel and Israeli products, monthly trade reports published by the PA Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), prove that without trade with Israel, the Palestinian economy would completely collapse.



According to the reports analyzed by Palestinian Media Watch that cover the last 5 years, goods purchased by Palestinians from Israel constituted more than half of all the goods imported to the Palestinian market.



In August 2022, for example, all Palestinian imports totaled USD 729.6 million, of which 56% came from Israel.

“Imports increased in August, 2022 by 7% compared to July, 2022. It also increased by 30% compared to August, 2021 and reached USD 729.6 million.

Imports from Israel increased by 4% in August, 2022 compared to July, 2022 and it represented 56% of total imports in August, 2022.”
[PCBS, The Preliminary Results of the Palestinian Registered External Trade In Goods for August, 08/2022]​
While the percentage of goods bought from Israel was high, it is dwarfed by the percentage of Palestinian manufactured goods sold to Israel.



According to the reports analyzed by PMW, goods sold by Palestinians to Israel, constituted over 90% of all the goods exported.

“Exports increased in August, 2022 by 26% compared to July, 2022. It also increased by 12% compared to August, 2021 and reached USD 154.9 million.

Exports to Israel increased in August, 2022 by 24% compared to July, 2022 and it represented 91% of total exports in August, 2022.”
[PCBS, The Preliminary Results of the Palestinian Registered External Trade In Goods for August, 08/2022]​
Since the Palestinian purchases from Israel account for only a very small percentage of Israel’s exports, which exceed trillions of dollars, if the Palestinians were to stop buying from Israel, the impact on the Israeli market would be miniscule. But if the Israeli market were to respond in kind to the BDS call, and stop buying Palestinian produced products, the Palestinian economy would face substantial difficulties, losing the ability to market over 90% of its produce.



In the past, PMW has often noted the hypocrisy of the Palestinian calls to the rest of the world to boycott Israel, while they themselves continue to buy Israeli products.


 

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For many years, the Palestinian Authority and other sundry actors have been actively trying to promote a Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) campaign against Israel. While calling on the rest of the world to boycott Israel, the Palestinians themselves maintain substantial levels of trade with Israel.



Speaking at an exhibition of Palestinian products in Ramallah, Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub commented:


While Rajoub calls to boycott Israel and Israeli products, monthly trade reports published by the PA Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), prove that without trade with Israel, the Palestinian economy would completely collapse.



According to the reports analyzed by Palestinian Media Watch that cover the last 5 years, goods purchased by Palestinians from Israel constituted more than half of all the goods imported to the Palestinian market.



In August 2022, for example, all Palestinian imports totaled USD 729.6 million, of which 56% came from Israel.


While the percentage of goods bought from Israel was high, it is dwarfed by the percentage of Palestinian manufactured goods sold to Israel.



According to the reports analyzed by PMW, goods sold by Palestinians to Israel, constituted over 90% of all the goods exported.


Since the Palestinian purchases from Israel account for only a very small percentage of Israel’s exports, which exceed trillions of dollars, if the Palestinians were to stop buying from Israel, the impact on the Israeli market would be miniscule. But if the Israeli market were to respond in kind to the BDS call, and stop buying Palestinian produced products, the Palestinian economy would face substantial difficulties, losing the ability to market over 90% of its produce.



In the past, PMW has often noted the hypocrisy of the Palestinian calls to the rest of the world to boycott Israel, while they themselves continue to buy Israeli products.


Israel controls imports and exports.
 

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From EcoPeace's website:

EcoPeace Middle East is a unique organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli environmentalists.
Our primary objective is the promotion of cooperative efforts to protect our shared environmental heritage. In so doing, we seek to advance both sustainable regional development and the creation of necessary conditions for lasting peace in our region. EcoPeace has offices in Amman, Ramallah, and Tel-Aviv.

On Thursday they announced that Israel and Jordan signed a MOU to rehabilitate the Jordan River, an initiative that will require cooperation with the Palestinian Authority as well.

"Jordan River rehabilitation is a critical climate adaptation measure that can help bring back 50% of the biodiversity lost because of decades of pollution and freshwater diversion," the group said. "With the river basin experiencing consecutive years of climate-related drought, a rehabilitated river can be the basis for creating regional climate resilience. The river being holy to half of humanity can provide much-needed jobs through tourism and pilgrimage, especially for Jordanian and Palestinian communities."

Sounds like a win-win, right? Helping the environment, helping the Palestinian and Jordanian economies, even helping tourists and pilgrims who want to visit the Jordan. Who can object?

BDS can.

The Jordanian branch of the BDS movement issued an angry statement of their own, saying that the project “works to integrate Jordanian and Palestinian youth into environmental programs and joint workshops, along with Zionist groups coming from the occupied territories.”

It accused EcoPeace of "environmental normalization" which they define as “cooperating with the Zionist entity under the guise of improving the environment, whether through reducing pollution, recycling, increasing access to water, or reversing climate change.”

They said Israel “uses environmental normalization as a means of public relations, and as a cover to hide its violations of human rights, and to cover up its environmental crimes against the Palestinians and their lands."

So, according to BDS, anything Israel does to help the environment is terrible because it covers up the awful things Israel does to the environment.

In other words, better that the Jordan River dries up than allowing Israel to be involved in saving it.

If you hate Israel more than you love the planet, you just might be an antisemite.



 

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Will Randa Sedar be allowed to attend?
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Palestinian chess player Randa Sedar won the gold medal in the women's 10-year-old category. (Photo: via WAFA)

Palestine won six medals in the Arab Chess Championship, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

The competitions, organized by the Syrian Chess Federation and supervised by the Arab Chess Federation, were attended by 22 Palestinian players from the West Bank, Gaza Strip and the diaspora.

The player Randa Sedar was crowned with the gold medal in the women’s 10-year-old category, two rounds before the end of the game. She also obtained the Woman Candidate Master (WCM) title.

The player Iman Suwan kept the gold medal in the women under 16-year-old category for the second time in a row and two rounds before the end of the game.

Taqwa Hammouri also won a gold medal in fast chess for the women’s category and a bronze in the women’s 18 years category.

Mohammad Sedar won the silver in the 14-year-old men’s category, while Raseel Sedar won a bronze medal in the women’s 6year-old category.

(WAFA, PC, SOCIAL)
 

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Will Randa Sedar be allowed to attend?
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Palestinian chess player Randa Sedar won the gold medal in the women's 10-year-old category. (Photo: via WAFA)

Palestine won six medals in the Arab Chess Championship, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

The competitions, organized by the Syrian Chess Federation and supervised by the Arab Chess Federation, were attended by 22 Palestinian players from the West Bank, Gaza Strip and the diaspora.

The player Randa Sedar was crowned with the gold medal in the women’s 10-year-old category, two rounds before the end of the game. She also obtained the Woman Candidate Master (WCM) title.

The player Iman Suwan kept the gold medal in the women under 16-year-old category for the second time in a row and two rounds before the end of the game.

Taqwa Hammouri also won a gold medal in fast chess for the women’s category and a bronze in the women’s 18 years category.

Mohammad Sedar won the silver in the 14-year-old men’s category, while Raseel Sedar won a bronze medal in the women’s 6year-old category.

(WAFA, PC, SOCIAL)

Will Randa Sedar be allowed to attend?

Will the Arabs allow her team to play an Israeli team if paired with one?

It will be a twelve team championship, including the best team by rating from each of the four Continents (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe), five teams representing federations with the highest average ratings of the best four players in the FIDE Rapid January 2022 Rating List, the home team, and two teams nominated by the FIDE President.


Darn, you need a good team to qualify. Maybe if Palestinians spent less time on terrorism and more time on chess...........
 

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