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Israeli Pencils Touch Off Saudi Scandal

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A scandal has led to the investigation of the Saudi Ministry of Commerce by Saudi authorities, who discovered a well-known Saudi discount store selling recycled-wood pencils made by Israel’s Kravitz office and stationary supply store chain.

The pencils were for sale with the Kravitz logo in Hebrew, and were reported on the Saudi website Jazan.  Whilte they are sold for approximately $1.30 in Israel, they are going for only 53 cents in Saudi Arabia. Kravitz is the biggest manufacturer of office supplies in Israel.

Kravitz could not explain the event, and said no pencils appeared to be missing from their supply.

About the Author: Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

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