GAZA, April 27 (Saba) -- Israel strongly condemned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's ban on the sale of products of Jewish settlements in the Palestinian territories, according to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).
Radio Israel quoted Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Prime Minister Silfan Shalim, as condemning the decision, describing it as a "disgrace," accusing Abbas and his head of cabinet Salam Fayyad of being anti-Israel.
This decision would affect 25,000 Palestinian workers in factories located in those settlements, Shalom noted.
Abbas issued this decision last night, describing the settlements as "cancer" living among the Palestinians.
He said the ban aims to negatively affect the settlements economic sector, and to protect the Palestinian consumer.
He added that it is unacceptable to allow any competitveness between the products of the illegal Israeli settlements and the Palestinian lands.
The new decision makes it unlawful for any traders to sell settlements goods in Palestinian markets, while his products will be confiscated.
The Palestinian cabinet endorsed last February a law banning the Jewish settlements products, considering their existence on the Palestinian territories as an insult, and a violation of the international law.
The cabinet added that this decision would support the national economy and promote local products, as a substitute to Jewish ones.
A number of European countries including UK, Norway besides Latin American countries banned settlements products into their markets.
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