PA temporarily allows work in Israel

Posted: April 29, 2010 by Jonathan Boyko in Israel, Palestinians, West Bank

Hebron shop owner. To be left with no customers? A bill newly signed by Palestinian PM Mahmoud Abbas not only bars trade of settler goods in the PA, but also forbids Palestinians to work in the disputed Israeli West Bank. However, due to poor Palestinian economy and currently inability of Palestinian authorities to provide work for much of Palestinian population, Abbas’ government decided to temporarily allow work in the settlements:

Palestinians who violate a ban by their government on working in Israeli settlements will be given time to find other employment before facing punishment, a senior official said Wednesday, reflecting how hard it will be to enforce the measure in the job-strapped West Bank.

The law, which also prohibits the sale of Israeli settlement products in the West Bank, was signed this week by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Violators face up to five years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.


PALESTINIAN OFFICIALS REFUSED to name the exact time workers would be given to transition, which could point to a possibility the new law is a show, or a general preparation for a future Palestinian state. While most Palestinians despise working for Israelis, they also understand that adding another 21,000 souls to unemployment cycle and potentially severing all trade ties with Israel could adversely impact Palestinian economy, not only leaving financially strained but also leaving stores with no goods.


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