The Palestinian Authority, in boycotting "settlement goods", has joined the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) campaigns, which single Israel out among all the countries that violate human rights.
The "boycott Israel" movement includes boycotting Israeli products, boycotting Jewish settlement-produced goods, boycotting Israeli academic and cultural institutions, suspending all sporting collaboration and ties with Israel, and divestment campaigns. The BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) campaigns call for ending any ties with "Apartheid Israel" at least "until it complies with international humanitarian law".
The BDS campaigns are international, but recently the Palestinians have become active.
• Silvan Shalom, Minister for Regional Development & the Development of the Negev and the Galilee, condemned Abu Mazen’s call to boycott Israeli goods produced in the settlements. “Those who take this step are not interested in peace but rather in continuing the conflict. This order harms not only the chances for dialogue – it also hurts the 25,000 Palestinians who work in the factories that Abu Mazen is calling to boycott. While Israel is making great efforts to advance and improve the Palestinian economy, this order hurts the chances for both economic and political peace.”
The minister called on Abu Mazen to return to the negotiations immediately (Israel Hayom, 27 Apr 2010).
• PA minister urges Italy to boycott settlement goods
Palestinian Authority Economy Minister Dr Hassan Abu Libda urged a visiting Italian delegation, led by a deputy from the Italian foreign ministry, to join the boycott of Jewish settlement goods. The boycott issue was included in the visit’s agenda, alongside strengthening Italian-Palestinian ties.
The Palestinian cabinet voted on February 15 to approve a law prohibiting the entrance of settlement goods into areas controlled by the PA (Ma’an News Agency, 18 Feb. 2010).
• Launching of new Palestinian foundation
Al-Ayam reported that $2 million were raised at the launching (12.01.10) from the public and private sectors in less than half an hour. According to Fayyad, the money will be used to finance a campaign against products from Jewish factories in Judea and Samaria. The new foundation intends to publish a list of products that will be updated daily, for the use of local as well as international consumers. Teams employed by the foundation will follow up on the removal of Jewish settlement products from Arab markets and at the same time will encourage the marketing of Palestinian-produced goods. PA finance minister, Hassam Abu-Libda, announced that, since the beginning of the campaign in December, products worth $1.5 million were confiscated and destroyed (Xinhua, 16 Jan. 2010).
Fayyad launched settlement goods boycott fund – Ma’an News Agency 13Jan10
• PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad took part in a protest burning of Israeli products from Judea and Samaria
The prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, Salam Fayyad, took part in burning Israeli products manufactured in Jewish factories located in Judea and Samaria. The event was a protest against the distribution of said products in Palestinian markets. Fayyad praised the position of states that differentiate between products from Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria and other Israeli products and said that the PA would make a determined effort "to clean out settlement products from the Palestinian marketplace." This is in addition to efforts to introduce PA products into the international market.
Fayyad further said that the future Palestinian state must be free of "fences and settlements" and that the PA will not cooperate with "the unfair division of areas into so-called A, B, C" (Al-Ayam, 6 Jan 2010).
• The Israeli-Palestinian Chamber of Commerce reports that settlement-produced goods sold in the Palestinian market are valued at half a billion shekels. PA finance minister Hassan Abu-Libda puts the value at half a billion dollars a year (Al-Kuds, 21.12.09). The PA is planning on boycotting agricultural produce, Ahava cosmetic products, Bagel-Bagel bakery products, Barkan wines, and other goods produced in Jewish-owned industries in Judea and Samaria.