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Tue Feb 18, 2020, 11:44 AM

Israel blocks West Bank exports as trade tensions rise, along with towers of unsold produce

Source: Washington Post

Israel blocks West Bank exports as trade tensions rise, along with towers of unsold produce

By Steve Hendrix
2/18/2020, 6:00:00 a.m.

JERICHO, West Bank — The market in this West Bank city always bustles with activity, but the chaos has reached an unusual pitch in recent days. Boxes of unsold eggplant, tomatoes and zucchini are stacked high, these towers marking a new front in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

An escalating trade war has frozen much of the commerce between the two sides, squeezing an already fragile West Bank economy.

The dispute began to simmer in the fall when Palestinian officials curtailed the import of Israeli beef into areas under their control. Israel this week responded, blocking the import of Palestinian produce, closing access to the Arab growers’ biggest market.

Then, after the Palestinian Authority retaliated by barring a range of Israeli goods, Israel went even further, stopping the shipment of West Bank produce into Jordan, a transfer point for export on to regional and European markets.

Produce is rapidly piling up in glutted West Bank markets, causing prices to plummet and pressuring already indebted growers. Economic analysts say if the barriers aren’t lifted by March, farmers will miss their chance to ship dates, the largest export crop, to Europe before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, imperiling a season’s worth of profit.

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Eugene Feb 2020 OP
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Tue Feb 18, 2020, 11:48 AM

1. Good Job Jared

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