The Palestinian Ministry of National Economy said on May 11 that Israel institutes such bans to force Palestinian factories to import their raw materials from Israel. Palestinians have been importing their chrome needs from Arab states, particularly the Gulf States. Hebron in the southern West Bank has long been famous for the production of high quality leather products and is home to 15 tanners.

The ban on importing chrome by Israel is based on alleged environmental effects say Gulf News sources in Hebron. The Palestinian leather manufacturers have been using the materials for decades in their industry and that it had never proved harmful alleging that the ban maybe politically rather environmentally motivated.