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Collective Punishment Costs Jenin Workers 120 Million NIS

Jerusalem24 – The Israeli occupation authorities are implementing new collective punishment decisions against Jenin Governorate after the “operation of Dezgov” in Tel Aviv, which killed 3 and injured more than 10 Israelis.

The Secretary-General of the Palestine Trade Union Federation Shaher Saad said, on Sunday morning, that the occupation authorities prevented the entry of Jenin workers into Israel, noting that leaflets were distributed at the crossings today, warning against dealing with any worker from the governorate.

Saad added, that the occupation is also working to prosecute thousands of Palestinian workers in all areas of the openings of the apartheid wall, from which they enter to work in Israel.

He indicated that the Minister of the Occupation Army, Benny Gantz, is scheduled to present today a plan worth 400 million shekels, in order to fill all the gaps in the apartheid wall, as part of the policies of collective punishment against the workers of Palestine, especially the Jenin governorate.

Saad noted that the value of the losses of workers from the Jenin area, as a result of the Israeli decision, is not less than 120 million shekels per month, especially by workers who purchased work permits from “brokers” at a value of 2000-3000 shekels during the recent period and are currently prohibited from working in Israel.

On Saturday evening, Gantz issued a series of punitive measures against the residents of Jenin in the northern West Bank, including preventing the entry of merchants and businessmen (BMC) from the Jenin area to Israel.

Gantz also decided to prevent the entry and exit of Arab-48 citizens, in cars, or on foot, through the Gilboa and Barta’a crossings, and to stop the transfer of rubble by DTD method through the crossings in the Jenin governorate.

In a statement issued by Gantz’s office, he stated, “Due to the security situation, family visits to Palestinians from the Jenin area will not be permitted (within the 5,000 approved permits), and Palestinian workers will continue to enter Israel on a regular basis with increased inspections at the crossings.”

Nadeen Alshaer

Alshaer is a Palestinian journalist, a Birzeit University graduate with a B.A. in TV and Radio Broadcasting Journalism. Alshaer has 6 years of experience in journalism. She currently works as a reporter, editor and presenter/producer for PBC-Palestine TV and Jerusalem24 radio. She’s a UN and Kelley School of Business alumna.

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