Boycott cuts both ways in Israeli-Palestinian conflict

February 7, 2014 3:08 PM

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Boycott cuts both ways in Israeli-Palestinian conflict

As Route 90 winds its way through the Jordan Valley, a spectacular desert landscape rises beyond the ancient city of Jericho, while vast date plantations, farms and greenhouses attached to dozens of Israeli settlements cover the lush, low-lying agricultural lands below.

Producing grapes, dates, tomatoes, eggplant, capsicum and herbs, most of it for export, the settlers' agricultural enterprises cover 3300 hectares and are valued at 500 million Israeli shekels ($160 million), according to the Jordan Valley Regional Council. But the settlement enterprises stretch bey...

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