37 undocumented Palestinian workers arrested

October 5, 2016 18:35

On Tuesday police arrested 37 Palestinian teenage workers, ages 16-17, who had entered into Israel illegally and established a makeshift camp near the Dror Interchange north of Ra’anana.

At the site there were mattresses, food, and blankets, indicating a semi-permanent encampment, police said. Police have sought to crack down on the phenomenon of illegal workers in Israel, after a string of terrorist attacks were perpetrated by Palestinians who illegally entered Israel.

However, human rights groups including the left-wing B’Tselem -  The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories - contend that undocumented Palestinian workers, most of whom enter Israel for economic reasons, are being unduly punished.

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