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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb. 10, 2005 / 1 Adar I 5765

‘Palestinians’ frustrated that Israel is preventing illegal entrance, working in its borders

By Dion Nissenbaum

Jewish State blamed for worsening West Bank and Gaza economy


http://www.jewishworldreview.com |(KRT) JERUSALEM — Most days Ahmed S. arrives before dawn at a trash-strewn hill where he sets off to sneak into Jerusalem and his construction job. But on this day, he got a late start, and his chances of getting to work were fading fast as the sun rose and he saw Israeli border police patrolling near a checkpoint.

"Palestinian" workers sneak into Israel through the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo
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. Following a group of schoolchildren, Ahmed made a break for it, snaking through a dirt parking lot before quickly turning back. The soldiers had spotted him, and he couldn't afford to get caught again. Last month, they nabbed him and made him sign an agreement to pay 5,000 shekels — about $1,200 — if he were caught again trying to get into Jerusalem.

More than 1 of every 5 working Palestinians once held a job in Israel. Now it's 1 of every 10. And the options for workers such as Ahmed are rapidly, and literally, being fenced off.

Just down the road from the checkpoint, long lines of concrete slabs are waiting to be added to Israel's controversial security barrier, the newest part of the country's campaign to wall itself off from the Palestinian parts of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Once the 400-mile barrier is complete, it will be exceedingly difficult for thousands of illegal workers such as Ahmed to sneak into Israel, and that's likely to deepen the economic crisis in the would-be Palestinian nation.

When the hopes of peace were shattered by the stones and bullets of the Palestinian uprising, Israelis began disentangling themselves economically from the West Bank and Gaza Strip. They closed borders, imposed curfews, set up roadblocks and established checkpoints that the World Bank warns are "slowly strangling economic life."

Before the uprising, more than 134,000 Palestinians were working in Israel or at its settlements — almost equal to the number working in the Gaza Strip.

Now, that figure has plummeted to fewer than 48,000, with nearly half — by some estimates — entering Israel illegally. Palestinian unemployment has more than doubled in four years, to 28 percent. The situation is likely to get worse.

While the Israeli government says it's willing to grant work permits to as many as 35,000 Palestinians, that's only for the short term. As part of his plan to evacuate all 21 Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon also plans to end work permits for Palestinian workers from Gaza within three years.

The barrier, too, is taking its toll. At Jenin, a hotbed of militant resistance in the West Bank, illegal workers who used to cross a hillside to work in Israel now have to trek as far south as Jerusalem, circumvent the barrier and come back toward Jenin. A trip that once took minutes now takes hours.

There are those who want Israel to find ways to keep Palestinians working in Israel, with the World Bank leading the calls.

"One could argue that you could maintain the existing number of jobs going into Israel — with the difference that they would all have permits," said Nigel Andrews, West Bank and Gaza Strip director for the World Bank. "One would think that would increase security."

Andrews said he was hopeful that Arafat's death would mean a fresh start.

"There are many Israeli policy makers who believe that it is not in Israel's security interest to have a decaying economy right on their doorstep because of the additional level of discontent that breeds," he said.

That could be a good sign for Palestinians such as Ahmed, who left his family in the West Bank town of Hebron when work there dried up.

But not on this day. Ahmed headed back to his apartment and worried that his job wouldn't be there tomorrow.

"It's no good," he said. "No good for my work — or for me."

Asked what he planned to do, Ahmed shook his head.

"I have no idea," he said. "Stay at home?"

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