Factsheet – Labour in Palestine


“I arrived at the gate this morning in order to go to work. However, when I pressed the intercom there was no answer. I kept pressing the intercom for an hour…I then called Qalandiya [checkpoint] and was told that the gate was not working and that the [Israeli] Border Police would come to open it. They never arrived. I get paid by the day so if I do not go to work then I do not get paid. While my boss is understanding of our situation, I don’t know how long I can hold this job if I cannot guarantee to travel to work every day.”

– testimony of Nour, describing how he must get through the Separation Wall each day to travel to work, Special Focus Report: Barrier Update, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, p.21, July 2011; www.ochaopt.org

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