Wednesday, August 15, 2012

15K Arabs work in settlements - and they get paid double PA wages

From JPost:
The number of Palestinian workers from the West Bank who are employed in Israel and Israeli settlements has increased from 77,000 in the first quarter of this year to 80,000 in the second quarter, according to a report published Wednesday by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.

Of these workers, only 41,000 had a permit to enter Israel, while 22,000 worked without a permit, the report found.

The number of Palestinians working in Israeli settlements increased from 13,000 in the first quarter of the year to 15,000 in the second quarter, the report said.

The increase comes despite a ban issued by the Palestinian Authority against working in settlements.
The report also shows that the average daily salary of Palestinian Arabs who work for Israelis increased to NIS 162 - compared to NIS 87 for those who work in PA-administered areas in the West Bank and NIS 64 for those in Gaza.

It sounds like the idea of boycotting Israel - and even boycotting the evil "settlements" -  isn't so attractive when it is your own family's circumstances being affected.