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Hebron losses '$10m daily' during siege
Published Saturday 21/06/2014 (updated) 21/06/2014 21:12
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Productivity in the Hebron marketplace has decreased 50 percent after a week of Israeli siege in search of three missing settlers, according to a Palestinian businessman.

Mohammad Nafeth al-Herbawi, the head of the Palestinian businessmen forum in Hebron, told Ma’an that the city suffers around $10 million in losses daily, while laborers are losing around $2 million.

“The continuation of the siege will affect the social, economic and daily situation of life for residents of the district,” al-Herbawi said.

“Twenty-thousand workers within the Green Line (Israel) are deprived of their work, and businessmen are deprived of traveling and even reaching other cities.”

He added that some companies and factories have been forced to release a large number of workers, which will lead to dire social conditions.

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1 ) ben Zalman / USA
21/06/2014 01:00
It seems that the Palestinians need to let their leaders know that peace is more prosperous than war and kidnapping. The Palestinian people continue to suffer for their leaders incompetence. Whats more important? Destroying Israel or giving your children a chance for a peaceful life. The kidnappings and rockets hurt the Arabs more than the Jews so one has to wonder why the Arab leaders continue to put their people in this situation. Israel wants peace. Why not try peace and see how it goes?

2 ) Billy Bragg / UK
21/06/2014 12:42
Don't these Arabs realise extremist Arab terrorists are not helping anyone anywhere in the world.

3 ) Mel / USA
21/06/2014 18:35
#1:ben:"..peace is more prosperous.."?That's ironic coming from a pro-Zionist colonialist,where DEESTRUCTION/KILLING is Israel's "prosperity"& living on US welfare,subs,stipends,interest-free"loan"guarantees(US-tax-gifted blood-money).Israel's Jews-only colonies are built on death/destruction,just as Nazism gained from looting,pillaging Jewish wealth,property!'Peace'ful Zionists also stole land,gold from executed&raped(read archives)bodies of Muslim&Christian PALS!Zionism feeds on HATE&WAR!

4 ) @ Ben-1 & Billy-2 / USA too
21/06/2014 21:34
[1] Palestinian leaders (Hamas for certain & probably the PLO too) have never even considered peace, and Palestine is Not a Democracy, so - Palestinian leaders wouldn't really care if the civilians thought "that peace is more prosperous than war", because as you say, - Palestinian leaders are more committed to "Destroying Israel than giving their children a chance for a peaceful life". [2] Even if Palestinians felt that the "terrorists are not helping", they can't disarm or even stop them.

5 ) Outlier / USA
23/06/2014 17:49
(first comment spiked) Money can serve as a good measure. Imagine how much money has been lost by the Palestinians by not negotiating peace with Israel over the past 40 years. Heck of a price for pride and hubris.
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