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BDS movement targets Palestinian investors in West Bank mall

Pro-Palestinian activists are working with a consumer advocacy group to urge Palestinian investors to back out of a new shopping mall in northern Jerusalem, warning that not only will the project harm the Palestinian economy, the investors themselves could face legal action.
Israeli border policemen take position as a Palestinian woman looks out a shop during clashes in the West Bank town of Al-Ram, near Jerusalem October 22, 2015. Nine Israelis have been killed in Palestinian stabbings, shootings and vehicle attacks since the start of October. Forty-nine Palestinians, including 25 assailants, among them children, have been killed in attacks and during anti-Israeli protests. Among the causes of the turmoil is Palestinians' anger at what they see as Jewish encroachment on the al
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RAMALLAH, West Bank — In June, the National Committee for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, known as the BDS movement, and the Palestinian Consumer Protection Society managed to convince a major Palestinian company to withdraw from a partnership with Israeli businessman Rami Levy to build a shopping mall in al-Ram in northern Jerusalem, over an area of approximately 20 dunams (20,000 square meters) and with a total cost of 200 million shekels ($52 million).

According to an article published by the Israeli website Walla Jan. 15, Levy had announced his plan to build a shopping mall — which is currently under construction — to promote Israeli-Palestinian coexistence in Jerusalem by attracting Palestinian businessmen to buy or lease shops in the mall, Palestinian customers and Israelis living in nearby settlements. Levy’s plan sparked an angry reaction from many Palestinians.

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