Israel suspends shampoo sales over boycott
Israel has suspended shampoo sales at a drybar in Tel Aviv over the boycott of Israeli products.
The country banned shampoo and conditioner sales in December, citing a boycott of products made in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Since then, the drybar has been closed.
The government said in a statement that the move was necessary to “safeguard the health of Israeli citizens and prevent damage to our economy and tourism”.
It said it would “exercise strict oversight of the sale of all products and services made in Israel and that, in addition to the boycott, all products will be subject to a strict monitoring process and the suspension of all sales”.
“It’s an important step that we can’t take in order to protect Israeli consumers and the health and safety of our citizens, said Health Minister Naftali Bennett, who has vowed to push the government to change the legislation.”
The ban on sales of products that are made in Israeli settlements and the boycott is part of the occupation and an obstacle to peace and security,” he said in response to a question on the matter.
Israel has around 1.5 million settlers in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza.
The settlements are illegal under international law and Palestinians say they are built on land they seek for their own state.
The boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement seeks to pressure Israel to end its occupation of the West, while also supporting Israeli rights, such as the right to build and maintain settlements.
Israel imposed the new restrictions on the drybars after the Israeli parliament approved a resolution that called on the government not to allow products to be sold to the Israeli market that were made in settlements.”
We do not have a solution to the occupation of our people.
We do not want the occupation,” the resolution said.”
It is clear that our people are not ready to see the return of the territory we are living in,” the Palestinian leader said.
The Israeli government said it has also imposed restrictions on products from Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, the Netherlands and Norway.
The move comes amid growing international pressure on Israel, particularly on settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, as well as the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem and the West israel has built illegal settlements on occupied land since 1967.