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Israel denies Jordanian exhibition participants entry to West Bank

Oct. 3, 2018 1:18 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 3, 2018 4:39 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- More than half of the participants in the 4th Jordanian Industries and Products Exhibition were denied entry to the occupied West Bank by Israeli authorities on Wednesday.

Deputy Chairman of Amman Chamber of Commerce Adnan Ghaith confirmed that about 120 Jordanians who have registered to participate in the trade fair were denied entry by Israeli authorities to the occupied West Bank.

The exhibition, which opened on Tuesday at the Convention Palace in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, is a three-day fair designed to increase the annual share of Jordanian industries in the Palestinian market to $500 million.

Ghaith pointed out that only 80 out of 200 Jordanian participants were allowed entry to participate in the Jordanian exhibition.

He also denounced Israeli restrictions on the entry of visitors to the occupied Palestinian territories "as part of Israeli policies aimed at the disruption of such exhibitions aimed to promote Palestinian-Jordanian trade cooperation and exchange."

Ghaith said "Despite Israeli authorities' efforts to impede the trade fair, our message is clear: We are determined to organize the exhibition in Palestine no matter what difficulties it faces."

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