Poor PA economy brings Palestinians to build settlements

Posted: June 30, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Israel, Palestinians, West Bank
Palestinians oppose settlement construction in West Bank. Yet, they still work, earning higher wages from Israeli companies. Many hope they build the homes for the return of “refugees”.


Palestinian construction worker (Photo: Associated Press)

WHILE MOST PALESTINIANS oppose new (and all) construction in Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria (West Bank), thousands of them show up for work in those, building new houses for Israeli Jews.

According to Jerusalem Post’s Khaled Abu Toameh, who interviewed several such workers in the past week, they all loathe the idea of Jewish settlements in their midst; yet, all testify to poor economy within Palestinian economy, saying they have families to feed:

"I don’t care what the leaders say and do," al-Najjar told The Jerusalem Post at one of the new construction sites in Ma’aleh Adumim. "I need to feed my seven children, and that’s all I care about for now."

All workers pronounce their readiness to leave work in the settlements – if Palestinian government provides an alternative. So far, according to most, the PA did not.


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