JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority has launched a boycott against products manufactured in West Bank Jewish settlements.
The official boycott against 500 specific products began Tuesday. A list of products that the Palestinian Authority has ordered to be boycotted will be sent to West Bank Palestinian homes in the coming weeks, according to reports.
Any Palestinian merchant caught dealing in the banned products faces fines and jail time.
"This is an act of hostility with all intents and purposes on the part of the Palestinian Authority and its leaders, and it must be answered immediately and decisively just like any other act of hospitality," the Yesha Council settlers organization said in a statement released Tuesday. "This is a clear violation of the Paris Protocol which regulates the economic relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Israel must use the Palestinian Authority’s funds in its possession to compensate the boycotted factories."