News Briefs

  12/22/2008, Kislev 25, 5769

World Bank Claims Israel Crossings Hurt Arabs

The crossings that Israel maintains at the separation barrier to control terror and facilitate the movement of Arab traffic hurt the Arab population, according to a new critical World Bank report on Israel. Israel has said that the crossings make the movement of Arab traffic and commercial goods more efficient, but World Bank Judea, Samaria and Gaza director David Craig claimed. "The new restrictions ... undermine this goal."

Arab trucks at the crossings transfer goods from Israel trucks, a system that the World Bank said creates delays. "As long as the internal barriers exist and exports and imports are forced to go through a system of back-to-back transfer, the Palestinian private sector is unlikely to prosper," the World Bank maintained.