Two Palestinian Arab shops in the Judean town of Hebron were burned down Friday night following accusations that they had sold to local Jews.
The shops were located on the road connecting the neighboring Jewish town of Kiryat Arba to the Cave of the Patriarchs in central Hebron. The road is frequented by local Jews, boosting business for the Palestinian shopkeepers there.
But with the Palestinian Authority implementing a blanket ban on doing business with Israel, it is quickly becoming a crime to work for or sell to Jews. Whether the punishment for that crime is carried out by the PA or by local mobs doesn't seem to matter.
Israel has protested the new PA boycott, noting that it only puts true peace further out of reach. Despite the severity of the situation, the US and other Western power brokers have all but ignored the boycott.
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