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Israel arrests 1,200 unauthorized Palestinian workers

Israeli parliament approved a tough new law to keep out Palestinian workers, as part of measures aimed at tackling a surge in attacks against Israelis.

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Israeli police said on Tuesday that they had arrested 1,200 Palestinian workers without permits, under a crackdown aimed at helping to quell a 5-month-old wave of violence. The unauthorized workers were detained along with 150 employers over the past two weeks, a police statement said.

On March 14 the Israeli parliament approved a tough new law to keep out Palestinian workers, as part of measures aimed at tackling a surge in attacks against Israelis.

The legislation means that the Israeli employer of a Palestinian who has entered Israel without the hard-to-obtain permit could face several years in prison.