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September 24, 2012 10:37 am

Banana Blockade: Hamas Imposes Ban on Import of Israeli Fruit

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The U.S. designated terrorist group which governs the Gaza Strip, Hamas, has placed a ban on nearly all Israeli fruit imports, according to Reuters, in what it says is a move to increase domestic production.

Produce traders in Gaza, who in the past have bought fruit from Israel and sold it at home, have opposed the move.

“The local product is not nearly enough to offset the shortfall,” Gaza fruit importer Jaber Al-Shanty said. “What do we have in large quantities, other than guava?”

While calling the move “unrealistic”, Al-Shanty noted that advance payments made to Israeli fruit producers by Gaza importers such as himself, would now be in danger.

According to Hamas’ Agricultural Ministry, all fruits from Israel besides bananas and apples will be banned.  The ministry says $26 million worth of fruit sales will be affected by this decision.

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  • Joy

    The stupidity and short-sightedness of the Fakestinians and other Arabs in that region simply cannot be measured – it grows exponentially!! They just love to shoot themselves in the feet – that is, when they’re not blowing themselves up with bombs that backfire…

    A true case of “biting one’s nose to spite one’s face” is ever I heard one!!

  • Let them all get scurvy…if all their teeth fall out it might improve their looks..

  • FORTUNE

    CAN ISRAEL AFFORD TO HOLD BACK ITS BANANAS AND APPLES AS WELL?

    CAN ISRAEL SEND MORE ABROAD? MAYBE TO AMERICA?

    THE U.S. CURRENTLY BUYS SO MUCH FROM OTHER COUNTRIES, WHY NOT FROM ISRAEL?

    IF THIS WOULD MAKE UP FOR THE SHORTFALL, WHO CARES IF HAMAS IMPOSES ITS BOYCOTT.

    LET THEM EAT CAKE.

    THEY IMPORT BECAUSE THEY DON’T KNOW HOW TO GROW THE OTHER FRUITS.

    WINTER IS COMING, GOOD LUCK.

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