maandag 22 november 2010

Economic Prison Zones

Industrial free trade zones similar to those in Egypt and Jordan are planned for the West Bank as part of the peace process nominally underway between Israel and the Palestinians. The zones will bring jobs and economic development to the Palestinians, the logic goes, soothing the economic grievances that might otherwise stand in the way of a comprehensive deal.
Sam Bahour argues that, to the contrary, these "Economic Prison Zones" will reinforce Palestinian economic dependence on Israel while diverting labor and resources from more promising development venues. His essay is now available in Middle East Report Onlinea free service of the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP).

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