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Najah al-Katnani, 55, a mother of nine from Gaza City, describes being cut off from her family in the West Bank

Najah al-Qatnani in her home in Gaza City. Photo: Olfat al-Kurd, B'Tselem, 2 Aug. 2017 I was born and raised in al-Jalazun refugee camp in the West Bank. My sister introduced me to my husband, and we
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J.'A. works in Israel without a permit and lives in fear of the police; he prays to get through unscathed every time he undertakes the perilous journey from home to work,

Palestinian workers run through gap in Separation Barrier, southern West Bank. Photo: ‘Ammar ‘Awad, Reuters, 6 July 2013. Click on photo to enlarge I live in Beit Ula in the Hebron District of the Wes
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M.D., a certified nurse who works as a plasterer, sleeps on a mattress at the construction site, with no heat or facilities

Tarqumya Checkpoint, 9 June 2013. Photo: Haaretz. I live in the village of Beit Ula, which is in the Hebron District [the West Bank]. I work as a plasterer in the city of Beersheba, Israel. I have a d
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Despite having an Israeli work permit, ‘O.Kh. doesn’t return home all week due to tough conditions and long lines at the checkpoint

Photo by Ron Amir, 2012, from a series depicting the lives of Palestinians working in Israel. I live in Hebron with my wife and three children. Our eldest boy is seven years old. I have a permit to wo
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Lacking an Israeli work permit, A.H. remains confined for weeks at the construction site where he works

Photo by Ron Amir, 2012, from a series depicting the lives of Palestinians working in Israel. I live in Al-Fawar Refugee Camp in the West Bank, south of the city of Hebron. I work in construction in I
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Testimony: Exploitation of Palestinian laborers working in settlements in the Jordan Valley, November 2010

I live in al-Jiftlik. I finished high school last year and began to study at al-Quds Open University in Nablus. To finance my studies, I have been working as a seasonal agricultural laborer. There is
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Testimony: Soldiers severely beat Nazir al-Hreibat and abuse him near a-Ramadin, September 2009

Muhammad Hamad, laborer For the past two years, I've worked as a construction worker. I had a permit to work in settlements and worked in construction sites in the Efrat settlement, but the permit exp
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Testimony: Soldiers severely beat Nazir al-Haribat and abuse him near a-Ramadin, September 2009

Nazir al-Hreibat, laborer I have eleven brothers and sisters, and I'm the second oldest. I live with them and my parents in Khirbet a-Tabaqa, about two kilometers southwest of Dura. My oldest brother,
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Testimony: Police detain Palestinian laborers in a meat truck, denying them air and water for over two hours, May 2009

Fathi Hamaeyl, construction worker I do all kinds of construction work. Because there is no work in the West Bank, I have to work in Israel. My cousin is in an Israeli jail, so I can't get a permit to
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Testimony: Border policemen beat and abuse laborers who try to enter Israel without a permit, May 2009

Sa'ed Darawsheh, laborer I've been working in Israel for the last few years because there's no work in our area. In Israel, too, there isn't much work. They need fewer workers than before. I manage to