Gov’t strike leaves tens of thousands of Arabs in east Jerusalem unable to leave country

A week-long labor strike by the Interior Ministry’s east Jerusalem branch has resulted in tens of thousands of east Jerusalem Arab residents being unable to leave the country, and in danger of being deported for not updating their residency permits, a city official said Tuesday.

The strike, initiated by disgruntled workers demanding increased pay and improved working conditions, directly affects the nearly 400,000 Arabs living in east Jerusalem who must obtain paper work from the ministry to exit, and stay in, the country.

The strike’s timing has been particularly troubling for those who had to cancel flights, or need to update expired residency permits to avert deportation.


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