Israel: Gift boxes are being distributed across the country
A growing number of Israel’s retail shops are stocking gift boxes to customers.
The products include books, movies, art and clothing.
The shops, which are being opened by local charities and nonprofit groups, are expected to reach 20,000 in two to three years.
“This is the beginning of a whole new era of commerce in Israel,” said Tzvi Bar-Hillel, the president of the Tel Aviv-based Israel Charity Foundation.
“People will be able to buy everything from books to CDs and other products.”
The shops were first set up in the wake of the 2012 war in Gaza.
They now sell books, music, electronics and household items, including jewelry and clothes.
The organization has distributed 500 boxes of gift boxes this year, bringing the total to 1,000.
Many of the donated boxes have been donated by Jews from all over the country.
In the past few weeks, Israel’s government has also pledged to donate 1,500 boxes of gifts from its own citizens, said Yossi Ben Gurion, head of the Jewish Agency for Israel.
Last week, the Tel Ben Gurions opened a small shop in a shopping center in Tel Aviv’s Old City.
It has a shelf of about 50 books, magazines and other books, including some that were printed in Hebrew.
The shop also sells clothing and household products, including blankets and towels.
It’s the first of a new wave of retail shops opening to help Palestinians.
The Israel Charity Federation estimates that more than $300 million in humanitarian goods and supplies are shipped annually to the Palestinian territories.
More than 40,000 Palestinians are currently living in Israel.