Since the imposition of the blockade on the Gaza Strip eight years ago, Israel has prohibited the export of animal skins to the West Bank.
Leather, and in particular cow skins, is prepared in its dozens every day or in the thousands during Eid Al-Adha. Dealers buy leather from slaughterhouses and Gaza’s residents, assemble and salt it to ensure it is preserved for a year and if it is not used within a year, then it is destroyed.
It is because of this, that the leather traders experience heavy losses, and this happens every year.
This is just one effect of the siege and the series of Israeli restrictions on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, which limit the economy, cause serious losses and rising unemployment.