RAMALLAH, December 28 (JMCC) - The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) Tuesday denied reports in the Israeli media that it had relaxed its decision to ban Palestinians from working in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
These reports have no origin, said Ghassan Al-Khatib, spokesman for the Palestinian government in the West Bank. The law that bans settlements' produce in the Palestinian markets and prevents the Palestinians from working in the settlements is still valid, he told Xinhua.
The PNA is gradually stopping its people from working in the settlements to avoid harming them and to contain them in projects by the Palestinian government and the private sector, Al-Khatib added.
Israel's Ha'aretz newspaper reported on Tuesday that the PNA lifted the ban after it failed to find alternative opportunities for the workers.
About 40,000 Palestinians work in the Jewish settlements, 20 percent of them in settlements inside the occupied West Bank.
In 2009, the PNA launched a campaign to boycott products of the settlements in the West Bank, as part of nonviolent resistance that the PNA supports.
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