The Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), Rima Khalaf, is urging both Egypt and Jordan to boycott Israeli settlement products.
‘Boycotting the settlement products will not hurt Arab countries, including the least advantaged like Egypt and Jordan,’ Khalaf stated on Tuesday, the Alternative Information Center (AIC) reports.
The UN official, speaking at a conference in Tunis, pointed out to the Arab states, many of which are secretly importing goods from Israel, that ‘many European countries are already boycotting them.’
ESCWA presented its ‘Arab Integration’ report in Tunis on Tuesday, which experts took two years to prepare. The report calls to revive Arab integration based on the recommendations and proposals formulated during the Arab League summits, starting with a reduction of the tariff for transporting goods by 50 percent and the boycott of Israeli settlement products.
In Jordan a new campaign was launched to boycott Israeli products in Jordan’s grocery stores, the Jordanian daily newspaper Al-Ghad reported on Friday.
The campaign started on Facebook and aims specifically to boycott Israeli agricultural products. The activists also printed stickers with the slogan ‘Don’t pay for the bullet that kills our people,’ and distributed them to grocery stores across Amman and other Jordanian cities. The activists would also like to convince wholesalers to stop importing Israeli products.