The Palestinian Authority’s proposed ban on Arabs working in Judea and
Shaher Saed, chairman of the General Union for Palestinian Workers, said he supports the decision but that before the ban takes effect, the PA should first find jobs for the workers to avoid their joining another 100,000 Arabs on the unemployment rolls.
More than 10,000 Arabs are estimated to be working in Judea and
Many of the building workers already have lost jobs because of the temporary freeze on new homes for Jews in Judea and
Hassan Abu Lebda, the Palestinian minister of national economy, told Chinese news agency Xinhua that the ban on PA Arabs working for Jews in Judea and
However, PA economist Nael Musa thinks it will not be so easy to implement the policy. "This action of the PA to bar workers from working in the settlements would not be justified amid the increasing rate of unemployment in the Palestinian territories which is still under the Israeli control," he said. “The PA won't be able to create new job opportunities for those workers."
David HaIvri, director of the Samarian (Shomron) Liaison office, told Israel National News Sunday, "Wouldn't it be nice if the Arabs could make up their minds about co-existing with