The labor market and East Jerusalem Arabs in the shadow of the Iron Swords War: Current status and policy recommendations
Main The labor market and East Jerusalem Arabs in the shadow of the Iron Swords War: Current status and policy recommendations
Two weeks after the outbreak of the Swords of Iron War it appears that East Jerusalem is relatively calm compared to the other fronts in the south, the north and the West Bank. However, as shown in our last report, this picture conceals serious problems brewing under the surface. Some of these are existing problems that have been aggravated by the war, and others are issues that have arisen in the last two weeks in the state-of-emergency period.
On Tuesday, October 31, 2023, the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research in collaboration with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom held a meeting on economic and employment issues in East Jerusalem in these times of war and state of emergency.
Several central problems that considerably affect the rights of East Jerusalem employees arose; these include the security crossings, arrival at work, personal safety and the daily work routine of employees, especially those who work in the western part of the city. These problems harm both the earning ability of many East Jerusalem families in this state of emergency and the ability of workplaces in the western part of the city to function. Furthermore, an ongoing state of unemployment and subemployment in East Jerusalem is anticipated to cause social and political unrest over time, which may be manifested in an outbreak of violence and terror. (For further details read the full document)