January 30, 2014 shows Palestinian workers preparing boxes to pack products at the Israeli SodaStream factory in the Mishor Adumim industrial park, next to the West Bank settlement of Maale Adummim. / AFP / Menahem KAHANA
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SodaStream, the drinks firm hit by boycott calls two years ago, made redundant its last Palestinian workers Monday after Israeli authorities refused to grant them work permits, the company said.The 74 Palestinian staff, many of whom had worked at the Israeli company for at least five years, had been caught in a permit battle between the company and Israeli authorities since SodaStream's main factory moved from the occupied West Bank into Israel.The plant closed in October 2015, with more than 500 Palestinians made redundant, the company said.They relocated the factory inside Israel, bringing 74 experienced Palestinian workers with them, as well as hiring hundreds of Israeli workers.But the Israeli government refused to grant the Palestinians work permits beyond the end of February, according to the company.
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