PA lightens ban on working in
settlementsJewish communities to ease Palestinian unemployment
Figures show number of Palestinians employed in
settlementsJewish communities has increased to nearly 35,000; PA legislation barring employment there would be an economic blow to Palestinian population...
settlementsJewish communities and laborers who work in them have a mutually beneficial relationship, and settlementJewish community construction relies on Palestinian labor. Many Palestinian workers who do not have permission to work in Israel proper find employment in the settlementsJewish communities.
According to Israeli figures from September 2009 that were provided to the PA's donor countries, 22,000 Palestinians were working with Israeli permission in the
settlementsJewish communities, including the settlements'Jewish communities' industrial zones. Non-governmental organizations have said, however, that about 10,000 other Palestinians are working in the settlementsJewish communities without formal permission, mainly in seasonal agricultural work.