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Terror Murder of Two Israelis by Arab Co-Worker Highlights How Many Arabs Work in ‘Settlements’

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A Jewish settler holds his son on a vineyard belonging to the Jewish settlement of Mitzpe Kramim east of the West Bank city of Ramallah on March 25, 2015. Photo: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun.

The news from Israel this weekend was horrifying: another execution-style murder for “Palestine.”

A man and a woman in their 30s were pronounced dead after being critically wounded in a shooting terror attack carried out by a 23-year-old Palestinian in the Barkan industrial area in the West Bank, while a 54-year-old woman was moderately wounded.

The woman who died in the hospital was found handcuffed on the floor. The 54-year-old told the paramedics she heard a loud noise and went to check its source. After seeing her, the terrorist shot at her and she hid under a table.

Some 5,000 Palestinians are employed in Israeli-owned businesses in the Barken industrial area.

The number of Palestinian Arabs who work in “settlements” has increased over the years, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. Some 20,000 Palestinians now work in the “settlements” (despite threats to such people from Palestinian terrorists, including in the Palestinian Authority). Another 105,000 Palestinians work for Israelis within the Green Line.

The number of Arab employees working for Israeli employers has been steadily increasing, while the number of workers for Arab employers has been decreasing (and overall unemployment has been rising).

The wage gap between Arabs working for Israelis in the West Bank, and other Palestinian Arabs, has also dramatically increased. The daily wage rate was 107.9 shekels in the Palestinian West Bank and 62.6 shekels in the Gaza Strip in the second quarter of 2018 — but those working in Israel and the settlements make a daily average wage of 247.9 shekels.

Some 13.5% of all Palestinian workers now work for Israelis. If you include how much they make, that means that over 30% of all Palestinian income comes from Israeli employers.

Given this information, one would think that ordinary Palestinian Arabs would be incensed at a terror attack that could jeopardize such a huge portion of their economy. But I have yet to see any such reaction.

Instead, Hamas-oriented sites are filled with people praising Allah for the attack, and Fatah is bragging that the murders are proof that settlements will never be secure from terrorism.

Elder of Ziyon has been blogging about Israel and the Arab world for a really long time now. He also controls the world, but deep down, you already knew that.

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