Fatah has declared that purchasing goods and produce made on Israeli settlements constitutes "a national crime against the rights of the Palestinians". Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi added that a boycott of such produce is a "national duty" for all Palestinians.
"The Israeli occupation is trying to break the will of the Palestinian people and thwart all attempts to build a national economy," said Mr. Al-Qawasmi. "Israel aims to perpetuate a state of dependency and impose political hegemony through the exploitation of our people's money to blackmail the Palestinian leadership." He urged the Palestinian Authority to monitor local markets and punish "offenders" who sell settlement goods.
The Fatah official stressed that his movement will launch a national campaign on Sunday to support Palestinian products, with backing from local unions and trade associations.