Palestinian workers demand equal labor conditions to Israelis at court hearing

The Palestinians’ lawyers argued that the key distinction should not be the mix of employees, but the fact that the employer was Israeli and that the area is under Israeli...

The Palestinians’ lawyers argued that the key distinction should not be the mix of employees, but the fact that the employer was Israeli and that the area is under Israeli control through the IDF and because it is Area C where the PA has no role.

One lawyer, Ehud Shiloni slammed the lower court ruling, which he paraphrased as saying “You should be judged according to a law which does not apply anywhere in the world, the 1967 Jordanian labor law that has not applied in Jordan for a long time.”

Shiloni added that both Israeli and current Jordanian law are much more modern and favor able to workers.

Wac-Maan National Director Assaf Adiv spoke dismissively of the employers’ claims, framing their legal distinctions as an excuse to underpay and poorly treat Palestinians, especially since, he and others said, the PA has no presence or involvement.

A spokeswoman for Combatants for Peace said that if the court fails to apply Israeli law to the industrial zone, the zone will continue to be a legal no-man’s-land in which chemicals and other pollutants are dumped in a way that harms the environment.

She claimed the employers there came to the area knowing they could exploit legal loop – holes to avoid taxes, environ – mental laws and workers’ rights laws.

The court signaled it would rule soon.

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