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28 Aug, 2011

Wikileaks: Absence Of Israeli Visas Hinders West Bank

Summary: Israeli immigration practices are limiting West Bank enterprises’ ability to conduct business, according to contacts working on the planned Rawabi housing/commercial estate. Because only companies and NGOs registered in Israel can apply for Israeli work permits, West Bank companies, like Rawabi, cannot get work permits for their non-Palestinian consultants, employees, or investors. This restriction forces overseas hires to enter the West Bank on tourist visas, subjecting them to the risk of deportation. The continued use of the “PA only” stamp at Allenby (reftels) further limits the employees’ travel and effectiveness.

via Cable Viewer.