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Sportswear retailer JC Penney is under fire after it was accused of scammers selling its clothing to the Palestinian Authority in a bid to get around the Israeli boycott of goods from the Palestinian territories.
In a report published by the US-based human rights group, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the company has admitted that the clothing it sells to the PA is “produced in Israel and is therefore not subject to the boycott by Israel”.
It said the clothes sold by the retailer, which sells clothing to retailers around the world, “are made in a country where there are no restrictions on goods from Palestinian territories”.
“While there is no legal prohibition against products originating in or produced in the Palestinian Territories, it is important to point out that these products are not subject of boycott by the Israeli government,” the CPJ report said.
In response to the report, the retailer said: “We are aware of this concern and will take the necessary steps to ensure that all of our products are manufactured and manufactured responsibly and are subject to Israeli standards.”
The JC Penneys spokesperson told the Guardian that the company “does not tolerate violations of the boycott and condemns any attempt to undermine it.
We take all matters of this nature very seriously and take action to address any issue.””
As a company that has a long history of ethical manufacturing practices, we will continue to be a responsible producer of our clothing in a manner that respects the rights of the Palestinian people and the international community,” the spokesperson added.
The CPJ’s report comes as the US State Department announced it was cancelling a $250,000 grant to the US embassy in Tel Aviv because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The US embassy said it was “in the process of withdrawing the grant from Israel and the PA” after it learned of the allegations against the retailer.
The department has been “in touch with US and Israeli leaders about the situation”, the State Department said.
Israel has been in an “extremely tense” standoff with the Palestinian government over the past two weeks, and the latest incident follows a failed ceasefire deal signed between the two sides last month.
The Israel-Palestinian dispute was exacerbated by the murder of a young Palestinian man by a Palestinian sniper on the streets of Ramallah last month, which sparked international outrage.
Israel and the Palestinian-led PA have been locked in a three-week war of words since the murder and subsequent death of the young Palestinian, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, in the West Bank city of Hebron on June 18.
The killing prompted thousands of Israelis to protest in front of the offices of the Jerusalem municipality, and sparked a wave of anti-Israeli violence across the West.
On Monday, Israel launched airstrikes against Palestinian targets in Gaza City, and Palestinian rocket fire into Israel.