SodaStream Halts West Bank Production

SodaStream, an Israeli company that has had a production facility in a West Bank settlement, has ceased West Bank production as of about a month ago. The plant should be closed entirely during the third quarter. Whether the move is a direct result of boycotts is an open question - company officials say it isn't, but others, including some Israeli sources, say it is. The company claims that consolidating production in one plant inside Israel will save them money.

The plant had 500 Palestinian employees, 450 Israeli Arab employees, and 350 Jewish Israeli employees. The factory was noted for being one of the few facilities where Israelis and Palestinians worked side by side in large numbers, for being the West Bank's largest private employer, and for paying Palestinian employees way higher wages than the Weat Bank average (three to five times higher, depending on who you ask).

The company is attempting to get work permits inside Israel for its Palestinian employees but I have not found a source that updates this information, which is probably still in process so there may be nothing to update.

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Comment by koshersalaami on June 8, 2015 at 3:25pm

You were talking to Arthur. 
I didn't catch that. 

You know he can read here but I'm not prepared to let him answer you here. 

Comment by James Mark Emmerling on June 8, 2015 at 3:34pm

As long as he can read here...

In a metaphysical sense , you could say Arthur's position now vis a vis yr blog

is the clear reflection of himself (our image of him)

back to himself,

without the interruptive chaos that might occur if he were to jump into it and we had to respond to him....

Even broken glass reflects..


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