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Palestinian Activist: Boycott of Israeli Products Begins

A poster calling people to boycott Israeli products is seen on a shop window in the West Bank City of Ramallah, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Activists from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement have launched a campaign in the West Bank, calling on people to boycott products made by six major Israeli food companies. The poster reads in Arabic, "Campaign to take the initiative to boycott the Israel products, Do not pay for the bullets that kill our children, We want the occupation to lose." (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
A poster calling people to boycott Israeli products is seen on a shop window in the West Bank City of Ramallah, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Activists from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement have launched a campaign in the West Bank, calling on people to boycott products made by six major Israeli food companies. The poster reads in Arabic, "Campaign to take the initiative to boycott the Israel products, Do not pay for the bullets that kill our children, We want the occupation to lose." (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

RAMALLAH, West Bank— A Palestinian activist says 80 percent of West Bank shops no longer carry products from six major Israel food companies, as a...




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