jeudi 24 novembre 2011

Study: Palestinians invest twice as much in Israel as they do in West Bank

Et je me marre en pensant à tous les boycotteurs d'Israel...


Private Palestinian investment in Israel, as of 2010, amounted to $2.5 billion in a conservative estimate, and according to a more optimistic estimate this investment possibly even amounts to $5.8 billion. For purposes of comparison, private Palestinian investment within the West Bank, as of 2011, was only $1.5 billion.

This is the surprising conclusion reached by Issa Smeirat, who for his master's thesis in economics has done the first research of its kind into this phenomenon, its extent and its implications - issues that until now have not been discussed in the professional literature.


In a conversation with Haaretz he said that in the wake of his research, the PA's Ministry of National Economy, which headed the campaign to boycott products from the settlements, made it clear that the Paris agreement (the economic pact between Israel and the PA ) does not prohibit investment in Israel and the settlements. Palestinian political and social activists who have seen the findings of the study told Haaretz they were shocked at the extent of the phenomenon.



The biggest BDS fail in history! (updated)

The number of Palestinian Arabs working in Jewish settlements has increased since the PA announced they would ban such activity.

According to the head of the Federation of Trade Unions of Palestine, Shaher Saad, some 31,000 Palestinian Arab workers are now employed in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. This is a significant increase compared to the number of such workers in April, 2010 - estimated at 25,000 - when Mahmoud Abbas signed a law banning Palestinian Arabs from working in settlements. (Saad claims that it is an increase of between one and two thousand workers.)


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