Palestinian labourers, who work in Israeli settlements, leave a bus as they return to their homes, near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman
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Mohammad Arbassi, a 56-year-old father of five sons from the occupied West Bank village of Qira, has a diploma in finance and big plans for his children, two of whom are at university.Around 36,000 Palestinians work in settlements in the occupied West Bank, many in construction, earning up to three times as much as the average Palestinian wage.Many of the jobs are in large settlement blocks built close to the frontier with Israel, in areas Israel intends to keep in any final peace agreement with the Palestinians.Ouda Daqdouq, 26, has worked various settlement jobs since he was 16, earning up to 250 shekels a day.Israelis frequently point out that settlement businesses benefit Palestinians by paying them more. But Saed calls it a false argument, one that excuses the occupation and undermines the ability of Palestinians to develop their own economy.
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