Palestinian Authority Steps Up Israeli Boycott

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- The Palestinian Authority has stepped up its anti-Israel rhetoric since President Mahmoud Abbas gave his speech Friday at the United Nations General Assembly.

The P.A. plans to expand its 2010 boycott of Israeli products manufactured in Judea and Samaria -- the "West Bank" -- to anything made by Israel, the Palestinian Ma'an news agency reported Tuesday.

Senior Fatah official Sabri Saydam, an advisor to Abbas, said the new campaign will petition academia to sever ties with Israeli universities.

"We will increase pressure on Israeli academic institutions by demanding that universities worldwide -- and especially countries that support us -- sever academic ties with Israeli institutions," Saydam said.

Saydam hopes the P.A.'s stepped-up non-violent boycott campaign, expanded through social networking sites, will "illustrate the Palestinian people's suffering" and help convince members of the U.N. Security the P.A. biCouncil to support d for unilateral statehood.

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