Israeli Soldiers Open Fire, Injure Worker near Hebron

HEBRON, October 28, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli soldiers Wednesday opened live fire and injured a Palestinian worker, as well as detained two others near Hebron while on their way to work in Israel, according to security sources.

Israeli soldiers chased a number of workers near the village of Ramadain, southwest of Hebron, while seeking entry into Israel to reach their workplace. The Israeli military targeted them with gunfire, injuring one of them, identified as Bashir Aser, 20, in his hand.

Two other workers, Ahmad Sharif and Maher Arab, were detained by Israeli soldiers. The Israeli military cited lack of entry permits as the pretext behind their live-fire assault on the workers.

This comes amid growing tension in the West Bank districts as well as in the 1948 land, prompted by provocative visits by Jewish fanatics to al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem.

According to the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, “Israel has strict criteria for the approval of work permits and issues no more permits than the number fixed in an occasionally revised quota.”

The group says that tens of thousands of Palestinians whose applications for work permits have been denied, or who do not meet Israel’s strict criteria to begin with, are forced to try and enter Israel without a permit.

“Every now and then, soldiers are sent out on missions to ‘capture illegals’, involving the arrest, injury, and rarely even death, of people who are not considered a threat even by the security establishment,” said B’Tselem.

According to current, 31 March 2014, figures provided by the Israel Prison Service, 1,424 Palestinians – including 22 minors – are being held in Israeli prisons for illegal entry into the country.

“For Palestinian workers who regularly enter Israel illegally to earn a living, life is a constant struggle for survival and returning home safe and sound from work cannot be taken for granted. They live in constant anxiety, fearing arrest or injury. In such a reality, labor rights such as a minimum wage, reasonable work hours, and a pension scheme seem like a distant dream.”