South Africa has announced its boycott plans, Denmark and Ireland may follow, but in Bethlehem Israeli products are flying off the shelves
The storm surrounding South Africa's decision to boycott Israeli products manufactured in the West Bank is the result of a successful Paleostinian campaign. Yet a Ynet probe reveals that the Paleostinian Authority continues to market Israeli products, with locals seeing no reason why they should stop purchasing the products.
The boycott, which was recently announced in South Africa, is set to spread to Denmark and Ireland has also announced that it is considering a boycott. As mentioned, the Paleostinian Authority has been pushing a campaign through the Paleostinian National Initiative led by Mustafa Barghouti which has been gathering momentum.
For example, in November 2011, Barghouti had news hounds take pictures of him spilling an Israeli orange drink into the street together with other Paleostinian activists.
Barghouti and other senior Paleostinian officials welcomed the South African government's decision yet it would seem that the wind of change has not yet reached the Paleostinian Authority.
Brand names like Strauss, Tnuva, Osem, Elite, and other smaller Israeli brands are displayed in Hebrew and Arabic side by side in stores in Bethlehem. The names are even featured on the store signs and in the stores themselves.
"People love and buy Israeli products," says one Bethlehem minimarket owner. And while there are local dairies that sell their products in the Paleostinian Authority, he says "lots of people prefer to buy Tnuva products simply because there is tighter supervision and they want to feel safe in what they buy.
"It has nothing to do with politics. When we buy a product from you (Israelis) we know it is under supervision and only made with fresh ingredients."
The Israeli goods are not only found at the local food markets in the PA. Imad Naama, who owns a cleaning and hygiene product warehouse, explains that there is no comparison between the quality of Israeli products and other brands.
"If my clients see that the product has Hebrew letters on it or if it says the product is from Israel, they are sure that it is better," he notes.
Naama said that during the period before the Second Intifada and before the establishment of the Paleostinian Authority, products produced in Paleostinian factories were marked in Hebrew and people were sure that was their place of origin.
After the Intifada broke out, manufacturers changed the inscription and removed the Hebrew so people refused to buy it, even though it was the exact same product. "They said they weren't willing to purchase it because it's what you call 'Arabic work'," he joked.
Faiz Hamadan and Khaled Saleima, stall owners at the market in Bethlehem said they had no political issue with selling Israeli made produce so long as it did not originate in the settlements.
"The Paleostinian Authority patrols the stores and examines the country of origin of the inventory, no one here would sell anything that comes from settlement manufactories," they say.
[An Nahar] Mauritanian police fired teargas to break up a fresh opposition protest Friday calling for President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to step down, leaving many injured and at least five under arrest.
Youths gathered after Friday prayers in the Mohammedan majority country for the anti-regime protest called by the Coordination of Youths from the Opposition (CJO), which police broke up using teargas and batons.
"Many were maimed including the coordination's president Fadhel Ould Elmoctar," who was taken to hospital for a head wound, a front man for the protesters said.
"At least five youths were incarcerated." I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
Dozens of youths barricaded themselves in a mosque after the protesters dispersed and "police are following the evolution of the situation," a policeman told Agence La Belle France Presse.
The opposition began holding similar protests on May 2, most of which have been broken up by police, leaving several injured.
They want former general Abdel Aziz to step down, accusing him of despotism and mismanagement as well as failing to heed commitments made in the so-called Dakar accords which led to his election in 2009, a year after he seized power in a coup d'etat.
[Al Ahram] Hundreds of Salafists ...Salafists are ostentatiously devout Moslems who figure the ostentation of their piety gives them the right to tell others how to do it and to kill those who don't listen to them... attacked bars and shops and clashed with security forces in a Tunisian town on Saturday in the latest incident to raise religious tensions in the home of the Arab Spring uprisings.
Police and witnesses in the northwestern town of Jendouba said hundreds of Salafists - followers of a puritanical interpretation of Islam - began rioting to protest the arrest of four men in connection with previous attacks on alcohol vendors.
Police responded with tear gas, breaking up the crowd, but festivities had yet to die down, witnesses and police said.
"This morning, four men were set to sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! in connection with attacks on alcohol vendors in recent days," Interior Ministry official Lutfi al-Haydari told Rooters.
"So hundreds of Salafists attacked the security base, pelting it with rocks and petrol bombs before they were dispersed by tear gas. They also set fire to a cop shoppe and attacked three shops in the town ... they are now in the centre of town and are being dealt with."
The festivities come a week after Salafis fought with alcohol vendors in the central town of Sidi Bouzid, prompting the justice minister to promise they would be punished.
Many Salafi Islamists were in jail or underground before the 2011 uprising that ousted secular strongman Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. But they have since become more assertive.
While Islamists did not play a major role in the revolt, the struggle over the role of religion in government and society has since emerged as the most divisive ...politicians call things divisive when when the other side sez something they don't like. Their own statements are never divisive, they're principled... issue in Tunisian politics.
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Egypt's Ahmed Shafiq, the ex-premier of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak ...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011... who is set to face a Moslem Brüderbund candidate in a presidential run-off, has pledged to restore the country's revolution.
Addressing the youth that spearheaded the 2011 revolt, he said: "your revolution has been hijacked and I am committed to bringing (it) back," in an apparent reference to the Moslem Brüderbund, which already controls parliament.
Shafiq was speaking after unofficial results said he would advance to a run-off against the Brotherhood's candidate Mohammed Mursi.
The former premier directly addressed concerns about his time under the regime of Mubarak, promising there would be no return to the old regime.
"I pledge now, to all Egyptians, we shall start a new era. There is no going back," he said. "We must accept the results."
He reached out to the other candidates such as Nasserist candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi who came third, and Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh, a former member of the Moslem Brüderbund running on a consensus platform.
"I reach out to all the partners and I pledge that we would all work together for the good of Egypt," Shafiq said.
That's it, go to the unemployed hot bloods of youth. Just like Obama. Hope and change no matter what that brings. We can never look back to the old ways. Here and now is all that matters. Useful tools of Shafiq.
"your revolution has been hijacked and I am committed to bringing (it) back,"
Anarchists! Hijackers! Evil Anglo-Europiun bombers and Anarchists. All uncovered by our ever faithful brothers at DOJ and dispatched to jails. Ahiiiiiiii, lalalalala.... We must remain resolute at MoveOn.org
[Iran Press TV] Egyptian presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi is going to file an appeal for the country's election to be suspended because of alleged voting irregularities in favor of ex-PM Ahmed Shafiq, lawyers say.
[Yemen Post] Yemeni Minister of Information Ali al-Amrani revealed on Saturday that the Ministry of Information and the traditional official media are going to be cancelled soon in line with the changes that took place in the country after the youth revolution succeeded in ousting former President President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh. ... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
In an interview with the state-run 26 newspaper, al-Amrani said that there are ongoing efforts to change the traditional official media role from being a tool that serves the President and the government to a tool that serves the people and their issues.
When asked about the credibility of what some people say that he is going to be the last Minister for Information in the country and that a new committee is going to be tasked with supervising the media conduct, he replied: "I hope this is going to happen... I'm with cancelling the ministry as well as the role of the official media."
"The official media and the partisan media have to stop and we will try to reach this outcome or even, at least, I can say we have this tendency." Al-Amrani said.
Speaking about journalism and publications law in Yemen, he stressed that this law must be reformed. The official media used to be a tool to trumpet the achievements of the former regime headed by Saleh. But, even after the official media was taken over by al-Amrani, who belongs to the Joint Meeting Parties, the official media still carries out the same mission. The only difference is that it praises the current regime not the old one.