Approved: Addtional 13,650 Work Permits for Palestinains from Judea and Samaria to Israel

Almost 14,000 new work permits for Palestinians in Judea and Samaria have been approved by Israel. In addition to the construction industry, in which most workers are employed, there are new permits available in the restaurant and hotel service sectors and, for the first time, 1,000 permits for jobs in the nursing sector.  New permits were also issued for jobs in East Jerusalem, particularly in the catering and hotel sectors, a significant increase in recent years.

Last Thursday, Israel’s government approved additional work permits that would provide employment for tens of thousands of Palestinians. These new permits will help support many families and will include new permits to intending to aid Palestinian women in order to join the workforce.  Palestinian woman currently only account for 2% of the workforce in Israel.

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The increase in the number of employment permits focuses mainly on the construction industry, where an additional 7,000 permits were added. An additional 5,500 permits were added in the agriculture, restaurant, hotel and nursing sectors. This is the first time that nursing work permits are being offered to Palestinian workers. It should be noted that the restaurant and hotel sector permits are separated from the industrial sector in order to enable those sectors to focus on hiring professionals.

In addition, another 1,150 permits were approved for workers to enter East Jerusalem, particularly in the health sector, where there was an increase of 35% in the amount of permits and in the hotel sector, where an additional 300 permits were added. This is the most significant increase in the number of permits granted to workers in these two sectors in recent years.


The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Major General Yoav (Poli) Mordechai, stated last week during the Globes Israel Business Conference in Jerusalem that these measures are complementary to the security activities in Judea and Samaria, which will greatly help the Palestinian economy.