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Palestinians seek economic disengagement through West Bank port

Palestinian traders demand the establishment of a land port in Palestinian territories without Israeli conditions.
Workers load boxes of tomatoes onto a truck at a wholesale vegetable and fruit market in the West Bank village of Beita, near Nablus September 2, 2012. Once the mainstay of the local economy, Palestinian agriculture in the rocky West Bank is in decline, with farmers struggling to protect both their livelihoods and their lands. Deprived of water and cut off from key markets, farmers across the occupied territory can only look on with a mix of anger and envy as Israeli settlers copiously irrigate their own pl
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RAMALLAH, West Bank — Hussein al-Sheikh, the head of the General Authority for Civil Affairs, discussed the establishment of a land port in the West Bank during a meeting with the private sector at the Ramallah and al-Bireh Chamber of Commerce and Industry Oct. 7. The land port would receive goods entering the Palestinian territories from Israeli ports.

“There is an Israeli agreement to establish this port, but on their terms, which has delayed its establishment so far,” Sheikh said.

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