Israeli Ban on Judea and Samaria Palestinian Workers May Devastate PA Economy
Thousands of Judea and Samaria Palestinians with work permits allowing them to work in Israel are staying home in the wake of the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel.
Israel has placed a complete closure on the Judea and Samaria checkpoints, blocking the entry of Palestinian workers. If prolonged, the closure may result in losses in the billions of shekels and spell disaster for an already ailing economy.
The Israeli military regularly imposes a ban on Palestinian workers’ entry to Israel after major attacks on Jewish settlers in Judea and Samaria or following an attack inside Israel, but those closures typically don’t last long. In this case, though, many workers fear that the closure will last a long while.
Israel says security reasons are behind its decision not to allow Palestinian workers into the country. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, about 140,000 Judea and Samaria Palestinians worked in Israel in the first and second quarters of 2023. Most work in agriculture or construction. (JPost /VFI News)
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