Outbreak poses dilemma for Palestinians working in Israel

The COVID-19 pandemic is a major concern for Palestinian workers operating in Israel.

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World News

April 8, 2020 - 10:48 AM

Palestinian municipal workers spray disinfectant as a precaution against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus at a market in Gaza City, on March 27, 2020. (Mohammed Abed/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — At the construction site in Tel Aviv, Jamal Salman and the other Palestinian workers wore gloves and masks, and their employer provided apartments for them to stay overnight.

But his wife, alarmed by the news about the coronavirus outbreak in Israel, called him every night from the West Bank, begging him to come home. He came back early this week.

Now he sits alone in his basement all day, quarantined from his wife and five children and wondering how he’ll make ends meet. In Tel Aviv he earned $1,500 a month, enough to support his family. Now he’s unemployed.

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