The magic circle: How income-security benefits are denied to the Palestinians of East Jerusalem

Therefore, WAC-MAAN is submitting a claim at the labor court, demanding that Musa be paid the benefits that were unjustifiably withdrawn. *This report was written as part of a joint...

Therefore, WAC-MAAN is submitting a claim at the labor court, demanding that Musa be paid the benefits that were unjustifiably withdrawn.

*This report was written as part of a joint project of WAC-MAAN and Ir Amim. This EU-funded project aims to assist the Palestinian population of East Jerusalem with infrastructure and the achievement of socioeconomic rights in the face of Israeli policy, emphasizing what happens in the neighborhoods outside the Separation Barrier.

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Author: Erez Wagner, Director of WAC-MAAN’s branch in East Jerusalem

Legal editing: Att. Aya Bartenstein

Translators: Michael Sappir, Yonatan Preminger, Stephen Langfur

The responsibility for the content of this document lies with WAC-MAAN.

[1]The figures are from the 2015 Annual Statistical Handbook of the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies. They refer to 2013.

[2]“Fictitious job” is a term we have coined to describe either (1) an employer who notifies claimants referred to him that he does not need workers and did not ask the EB for any, or (2) an employer who systematically issues a statement that the claimant refused the job offer, despite the fact that the claimant was not accepted for the job (and sometimes was not even interviewed). For examples see Part II.

[3]According to the National Insurance Institute, the poverty line income in 2013 was 2,989 NIS per month for an individual and 4,783 NIS for a couple. For a family of five, poverty line income is 9,000 NIS per month.

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