On the fourth anniversary of Government Decision 3790 for Investment in East Jerusalem, we present a field report by MAAN – Workers Association (PDF):

Since the occupation of East Jerusalem (EJ) in 1967, Israel has maintained a policy of discrimination and neglect toward Palestinian residents of the city. In the field of employment, this policy has generated a profound economic and social crisis. For years, women have been excluded from the labor market and pushed into an abusive labor market. All of this contributed to the creation of poverty indices which have risen to 80% in the last decade.

In 2018, the Israeli government adopted Decision 3790 to reduce social and economic disparities and promote economic development in EJ, a decision that implies a change of direction and a tacit acknowledgment that discrimination has taken place.

According to the report, written by the director of MAAN’s Jerusalem branch, Erez Wagner, Decision 3790 allocated for the first time ever significant resources to reduce gaps between East and West Jerusalem. As part of the program, an amount of NIS 2.2 billion was allocated over five years to improve infrastructure and services in EJ, with an emphasis on the field of employment and in particular women’s employment. MAAN’s report focuses on this area, and claims that the implementation of Decision 3790 still lacks fully equal treatment of Palestinian residents.

This field report examines implementation of the government plan some four years after its adoption. The report summarizes MAAN’s extensive field work, which included monitoring the plan’s implementation, as well as assistance in exercising rights and integrating women into the labor market. The report also presents practical recommendations to reduce gaps and a proposed policy to realize social and economic equality for EJ residents.

According to the report’s recommendations, the next five-year plan must construct a large and sustainable public sector in EJ, a sector that will express a profound change – from a policy of discrimination to one of equality.

MAAN’s recommendations, if adopted, will create good, well-paying public-sector jobs in medicine, education, urban planning and welfare, alongside improvements in health, housing, and education. Our proposal will help eradicate the abusive labor market, thus providing the EJ population, and women in particular, with the tools to escape poverty.

The report also publishes in-depth interviews with six extraordinary women about their difficult journeys into the world of work.

The report was written as part of a project to monitor implementation of Government Decision 3790 for investment in East Jerusalem. The project has been funded by the European Union and led by Ir Amim and MAAN.

Read the full report here (PDF)

The report was designed by Studio Vered Bitan.



The East Jerusalem Project

Significant Achievements of MAAN – Workers Association in Protecting Workers’ Rights

Since the outbreak of the war, MAAN – Workers Association has secured the labor rights, social security benefits, unemployment benefits, and support for work accidents for over 300 residents of East Jerusalem. This includes opening checkpoints and distributing food vouchers, translating to over 3 million NIS in benefits. Notably, over 40% of those who received assistance are women.

Palestinian Workers

The government’s decision to massively import overseas workers is social lawlessness, a disaster for both the economy and security. It must be revoked and Palestinians must be allowed to return to their jobs in Israel

Wednesday, May 15, the Israeli government approved a structural reform on employment of migrant workers where it allowed a ceiling of 330,000 overseas workers in the Israeli job market. MAAN sees this decision as a step that defies all economic logic, contradicts labor market planning, and opens the way to a dangerous expansion of human trafficking for labor purposes in Israel. In addition, the decision reflects complete disregard for the consequences of the continued halt in employment of Palestinians.

The East Jerusalem Project

Severe employment crisis in East Jerusalem ahead of Ramadan

On the eve of Ramadan, Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem are facing an economic and social crisis exacerbated by a 7.6 per cent increase in unemployment since the outbreak of the war. Despite the crisis, the government is severely undermining its own five-year plan for East Jerusalem. MAAN Workers Association (hence MAAN) calls on the mayor and the incoming city council to secure budgets to reduce socio-economic gaps in the city.

Palestinian Workers

MAAN and Kav Laoved write to Immigration and Population Authority and demand to reserve a place in the quota for Palestinian workers with a permit who resigned/fired during the “Iron Swords” war

The two workers’ rights groups wrote on Feb. 13 to Mr. Moshe Nakash the head of the Immigration and Population Authority and demanded that special measures will be taken to alleviate the suffering of Palestinian workers and also to enable Israeli employers to overcome the crisis and keep their experienced workers.


אנא כתבו את שמכם המלא, טלפון ותיאור קצר של נושא הפנייה, ונציג\ה של מען יחזרו אליכם בהקדם האפשרי.

رجاءً اكتبوا اسمكم الكامل، الهاتف، ووصف قصير حول موضوع توجهكم، ومندوب عن نقابة معًا سيعاود الاتصال بكم لاحقًا

As an organization committed to the rights of workers without distinction of religion, race, nationality, gender, or profession - democracy is our essence. We strongly oppose the authoritarian laws that the extreme government of Netanyahu, Lapid, Bennett, and Smotrich is attempting to impose.

Without democracy, there are no workers' rights, just as a workers' organization cannot exist under dictatorship.

only a victory of the democratic camp will enable a discussion on the Palestinian issue and lead to an alternative solution to occupation and apartheid while ensuring human rights and citizenship for all, Israelis and Palestinians alike. As long as the apartheid regime persists, the democratic camp will not succeed in defeating Israeli extremists. Therefore, we work to involve the Arab and Palestinian society in the protest.

We invite you:

To march with us in protests and to build an alternative, democratic, Jewish-Arab professional union in Israel. Join our quiet WhatsApp group today, "Marching with us in protest."

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