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September 25, 2015 4:57 pm

Jordan Stops Imports of Israeli Goods Following Pressure From Boycott Campaign

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Palestinian produce - potatoes, grapes, and dates - are already beginning to replace Israeli goods in the Jordanian market. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Palestinian produce – potatoes, grapes, and dates – are already beginning to replace Israeli goods in the Jordanian market. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Jordan will end its import of Israeli goods, mostly agricultural products, in response to demands of a local boycott campaign, a senior Jordanian official told London-based al-Araby al-Jadeed.

The senior official said Jordan will end imports of what he called “damaged Israeli crops,” and noted that Jordan would instead import food from Lebanon and other countries. A source in Jordan’s Ministry of Industry and Trade told al-Araby al-Jadeed that some Palestinian produce were already beginning to replace Israeli goods in the Jordanian market, such as potatoes and dates.

Manaf Magali, chairman of the Jordanian Anti-Normalization Committee, said Jordan’s decision to end the import of Israeli goods was a “victory” for anti-Israel activists. He added that there are many other “import partners” for Jordan to choose from.

“The anti-normalization committee will continue its work, in coordination with other anti-normalization bodies, to continue imposing an Arab economic embargo on Israel,” he said.

Trade exchange between Jordan and Israel reached $140 million in 2014, compared to $75 million in the first half of 2015, according to statistics from Jordan’s Ministry of Industry and Trade.

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