Photo Credit: Yaniv Nadav / Flash 90
Farm workers from the Palestinian Authority harvesting produce in a field belonging to an Israeli moshav in the Jordan Valley.

The IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) has announced the addition of another 9,000 permits to allow Palestinian Authority Arabs to work in Israel, according to The Jerusalem Post.

The move, announced Sunday, follows a government decision reached earlier this year to increase the number of PA Arab workers in Israel by 15,000.

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Israeli business owners licensed to employ Palestinian Authority citizens can file their applications this week for more workers.

Last week Israel approved the entry of an additional 3,000 Gaza merchants via the Erez Crossing, to reach a total of 10,000 such personnel permitted into Israel. The move, said COGAT, “is on the condition of continued maintenance of security stability.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.