Israel freezing work permits for tens of thousands of Palestinians

Israeli authorities began freezing work permits for around 80,000 Palestinians from the occupied West Bank, according to a report.

“The Israeli Civil Administration, which is a unit in the Ministry of Defense, has begun freezing nearly 80,000 work permits for Palestinian workers from the West Bank,” the Israeli public broadcaster reported.

Since the start of Tel Aviv’s war on Gaza on Oct. 7 last year, Israel has prevented workers from the West Bank from accessing the Israeli labor market.

The broadcasting authority claimed days ago that the Israeli army was renewing work permits for tens of thousands of Palestinian workers from the West Bank.

Prior to the war on Gaza, more than 170,000 Palestinians were working in Israel, constituting an important source of income for the Palestinian economy.

Israel does not allow Palestinian workers to pass through Israeli checkpoints except after obtaining permits from the Israeli army.

Previous estimates from the Israeli Ministry of Finance indicate that the absence of Palestinian workers in the construction, agriculture, and industrial sectors resulted in a monthly loss of 3 billion shekels (840 million dollars).

Tensions have been running high across the West Bank since Israel launched a deadly military offensive against the Gaza Strip after an attack by the Hamas group on Oct. 7, 2023.

More than 450 Palestinians have since been killed and nearly 5,200 others injured by Israeli army fire in the occupied territory, according to the Health Ministry.

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