Well, today there is outrage over the Palestinian boycott of Israeli settlement goods – that is to say settlements that are in the West Bank.
The Palestinian Authority has begun an information campaign in which it is telling it's citizens not to buy or use Israeli products from settlements. We have already seen some merchandise burned in public – which probably deals more with people venting than applying an ideal.
Israel's response: Calls for a counter-boycott.
The Palestinian Authority's decision to promote a boycott of Israeli products made over the so called Green Line is probably more to do though, with the Palestinians demonstrating there views (and the public support for such action) in order to demonstrate a sense of 'national' pride for those working to promote peace.
This is not new, for during the intifadas similar calls went out. But perhaps the PA, is looking for a different way to build a popular collective consciousness among its people. And the Israeli settlements have always proved to be an effective rallying cry.
Some may ask, why would not the Palestinians boycott Israeli products. This would never work, because the Palestinian economy is largely dependent upon Israeli products and merchandise flow as the Palestinian areas in the West Bank are land locked. Gaza is on the coast and has a shipping port, but with it's Hamas leadership Gaza has nothing to help with – as the whole of the strip is in isolation over it's Hamas leadership.
It is one of those twisted ironies that thousands of Palestinians earn their livelihoods in settlements. Or, as some have noted, perhaps this whole thing is a giant PR move by Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad who may be building himself up as a possible successor to President Mahmoud Abbas.
Have a great day!
Middle East Correspondent