Police: 1,200 Palestinians arrested in nation-wide crackdown

March 23, 2016 17:48

Nearly 1,200 illegal Palestinian laborers were arrested Tuesday after police conducted a  wide-ranging crackdown aimed at helping to suppress a months-long wave of terror.

Over 150 employers were also detained in the crackdown which occurred over the last two weeks, according to a statement released by police.

Last week, the Knesset passed tough new laws to stop Palestinian workers from illegally infiltrating the country as part of a comprehensive plan seeking to quell the rising violence.

According to the new legislation, Israelis caught hiring illegal Palestinian workers could face up to several years in prison if arrested.

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