Economic Exploitation

This sub-category of involvement refers to the exploitation of occupied Palestinian and Syrian natural resources and production by Israeli and multinational corporations.

From the early moments of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory, the Israeli exploitation of Palestinian natural resources served as the backbone for the development of the economy of the occupation. Through various methods of land appropriation, building restrictions, closure policies and continuous pillage of occupied land, the Israeli regime has woven a tangled web of military laws and economic policies that serve its own geopolitical interests, keeping the Palestinian economy in a perpetual state of de-development and subordination to the Israeli economy. Palestinian and Syrian water resources are exploited and appropriated for the benefit of Israeli citizens on both sides of the Green Line. The exploitation of minerals and stone quarries in the West Bank strips the Palestinian economy of billions of dollars each year.

Israeli and international companies pay below market prices for Palestinian products because Palestinian producers are restricted to selling to companies that can cross Israeli checkpoints or borders. They also profit from the restricted flow of goods coming in and out of the occupied Palestinian territory, and accumulate profits from the hindrances placed on Palestinian trade movement.

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