On Friday 27 April, Nablus' Chamber of Commerce and Industry opened a four-day Palestinian furniture exhibition in collaboration with 30 specialist Palestinian furniture companies from Nablus city. The exhibition aimed to support Palestinian industry and attracted hundreds of visitors and businessmen, including a delegation of Palestinians businessmen from inside Israel.
The 30 Palestinian companies from across the occupied territories exhibited their latest furniture, kitchen and office products in the first commercial exhibition of its kind to take place in the West Bank.
The event organisers stressed the importance of supporting Palestinian products as a form of resistance to the occupation. Although the Israeli occupation has long stifled its economic growth, Nablus city has now begun its recovery to becoming the economic capital of Palestine.
The Chairman of Nablus' Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Omar Hashim, said the exhibition sends a clear message that Palestinians have had enough of "importing foreign products, particularly as local products are able to compete with imported ones, both in terms of quality and price." According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, there are more than 772 industrial facilities in Nablus employing thousands of workers, a testimony to the importance of this sector to the Palestinians economy.
The exhibition was attended by public figures alongside large numbers of the general public all of whom expressed their admiration and pride in Palestinian products.
MEMO Photographer: Ibtehal Mansour