The coexistence that exists in a “danger” zone

by Leah Rosenberg

Can the Jews and Arabs coexist inside the ‘danger’ zone? The answer is simple, it is possible. They work together, do business together and can live as neighbors peacefully.

Judea and Samaria

Judea and Samaria, called in Hebrew Yehuda V’Shomron, also known to many as the West Bank. The term West Bank was given as this is the west side of the Jordan River. This land was occupied by Jordan, until 1967 when Israel captured it. As of December 2010, 327,750 Israelis live in the 121 settlements in the West Bank officially recognized by the Israeli government.

Area A, B and C

Under the Oslo Accords (1993) the West Bank was divided into three sections, Area A, B, and C.

  • Area A is under complete control of the Palestinian Authority it compromises about 18% of the West Bank. There are signs in these areas forbidding Israeli Citizens to enter.
  • Area B covers approximately 22% of the West Bank. Here security is shared by the Palestinian and Israeli forces.
  • Area C is composed of 60% of the West Bank and lies under full Israeli control.

Barkan Industrial Park

This industrial park is located in the West Bank, near the city of Ariel. In 2016 a Human Rights Watch required that the Park pulls out of the West Bank as it violated international law. But guess what? Do you know who works here? Yes, Jews and Arabs together, they can coexist! It is major source employment for Arab workers, all they wish for is to put food on the table for their children, to help their children have a good lifestyle.

Founded in 1982, in order to strengthen the Jewish presence in the West Bank. The industrial park currently includes about 120 businesses and factories manufacturing plastics, metal-work, food, textile, and more, with a workforce of 20,000, half of whom are Palestinians. This Park is one of 15 industrial zones set up in the West Bank, providing jobs to Palestinians, and money to their economy.

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