Aug 18, 2010

4 Palestinians to be tried for violating settlement boycott

The Palestinian Finance Ministry decided Tuesday to indict four merchants who violated the boycotted on products made in West Bank settlements.

The four Palestinians are expected to face harsh penalties.

The law that prompted the boycott, co-initiated by Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, rules that "anyone who trades in settlements products or cooperates or assists in their sale or import shall be imprisoned for 2-5 years and pay a fine of 10,000 Jordanian dinar (roughly $14,000)."

Moreover, the law states that Palestinians caught selling settlement products may have their license revoked and vehicle impouned.

Despite this, Fayyad's counterpart in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, said he believes the Palestinian Authority is not being firm enough with Israel.

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