Settlement Enterprise

This sub-category of involvement refers to commercial agricultural and industrial production in settlements and settlement industrial zones. Settlement production benefits from low rents, special tax incentives, lax enforcement of environmental and labor protection laws and other governmental supports.

Several settlements, especially in the Jordan Valley region of the West Bank and in the Syrian Golan, produce agricultural goods, such as fruits and flowers, and market them domestically and internationally. The origin of exported settlement products is often intentionally obscured and mislabeling practices are common.

Israeli industrial zones on occupied Palestinian and Syrian land hold hundreds of companies, ranging from small businesses serving the local settler population to large factories which export their products worldwide. Palestinians employed in these industrial zones work under severe restrictions of movement or organization, and with hardly any governmental protections, resulting in exploitative employment practices and labor rights violations. Like their agricultural counterparts, manufacturers often attempt to obscure their settlement operations, using marketing addresses within the Green Line.

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