How Israeli Settlements Stifle Palestine’s Economy

From time to time, the Palestine Center distributes articles it believes will enhance understanding of the Palestinian political reality. The following article by Nur Arafeh, Samia al-Botmeh, Leila Farsakh was published by Al-Shabaka on December 15, 2015.

Israel sees the European Union’s recently issued guidelines on labeling some of its settlement products as the thin edge of the wedge. It fears this will open the door to stronger measures against its illegal settlement enterprise and is marshaling pro-Israel forces in Europe as well as in the United States. One of its oft-repeated arguments is that labeling harms Palestinian workers.

In this policy brief, Al-Shabaka Policy Fellow Nur Arafeh and Policy Advisors Samia al-Botmeh and Leila Farsakh debunk Israel’s arguments by demonstrating the devastating impact Israel’s settlement enterprise has had on the Palestinian economy, dispossessing Palestinians of their land, water, and other resources and creating mass unemployment.


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