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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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  • Muhammed

    More economic trade, exchange, and development is good for both societies and the region. Trade and economic development should always be supported. The more intertwined and less fragmented the societies that exists in the region, the better. As a Palestinian and a Jordanian, I disagree with that action. I don’t believe the people who support this activity realize the counterproductive nature of this thinking. Boycott products produced in settlements or by companies that have owners with extremist agenda’s, that’s fine. But limiting trade just for the sake of boycotting without understanding who is behind what and what the ramifications are, whether positive or negative, is something we need to move beyond. Strictly from an Arab perspective, how will this affect them? How many Palestinians will be affected that trade under the label “Israel”. Perhaps some of the producers and workers are Palestinians whose goods are traded under the label “Israel.” We need creativity and trade (of goods, money, ideas, experiences), not labeling and writing off things without understanding them and their subsequent effects.

  • brenrod

    Isnt it time to see the little king deposed so that the west bank pals have their homeland?

  • Robert Davis

    Israel imports more from jordan than the other way I think. Anyway who cares for the tiny jordan market? Lebanon cannot supply what Israel supplies jordan including the military support!

  • STan Greenspan

    Lebanese produce coming to Jordan would have to come through either Syria, a country that is it’s death throws due to civil war, or through Israel, as there is no common border between Jordan and Lebanon.
    Can’t fly it there either, as neither Syria nor Israel would allow such air traffic.
    I trust the Jordanian King will do what he always does when his parlimentarians decide something that is not in line with his goals, and veto it. Good thing, being absolute monarch!

    • Abu Ali

      For Zionists, the dwarf puppet is the second greatest ‘ass et’ in the region, after the cowerd dictator Sissy!

      • Abu Ali

        erratum: ‘coward’ Sissy

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    Good. They should starve.

  • zadimel

    The amount of trade is miniscule between Israel and Jordan,but it signals the discomfort of the latter with the problems caused by the PA’s encouragement of violence directed against the Israelis in Jerusalem. Israel could retaliate by limiting Jordanian authority over Moslem affairs,and promoting more Jewish visitations to the Temple Mount with increased security.

  • Stuart Hersh

    The Arab boycott was deemed illegal by the UN. It is also violates the Jordan-Israel peace agreement. If Jordan is concerned about its security, they cannot look to Israel for any assistance whatsoever. Let them cry ot the Palestinians in Jordan. Above all: close the borders to Jordanians wanting to enter Israel.

  • John Train

    I would appreciate your analysis explaining to me (and your other readers) the actual significance. Are these merely words?

  • Mandrake

    Israel should ask Jordan to take back (return) the West Bank with all the Palestinians and make Jordan responsible for their government.

    • Robin Brayton

      I’m sure that the Palestinians would rejoice were Jordan to take over the West Bank and if they. We’re to govern Palestinians there would be no children in prisons. Parents wouldn’t be separated from their children, the Palestinians would be able to live in relative peace without extremist settlers setting fire to their children without consequences!! Israel should hand the West Bank to Jordan as it would benefit all the people of Palestine