The price of terrorism is paid by West Bank merchants

After nearly daily raids by security forces in search of terror suspects, West Bank areas see drop of 30% in business generated by Arab citizens of Israel accustomed to flock to region

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Fewer and fewer Israeli Arabs are entering northern West Bank cities due to Israeli raids and closures
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  • The merchants of the West Bank cities of Nablus and Jenin are seeing the effects of terrorist attacks as fewer people visit these neighborhoods.
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    Shops closed during commercial strike in Nablus
    Shops closed during commercial strike in Nablus
    Shops closed during commercial strike in Nablus
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    Israeli Arabs that enter the northern cities of the West Bank make a significant contribution to the economic activity of Nablus and Jenin. However, the terror attacks originating in the two cities, and the Israeli military’s near-daily raids to stop these attacks, mean that fewer and fewer Israeli Arabs are entering the northern West Bank cities.
    Additionally, the Israeli army has set up closures on entry and exit points to and around Nablus, with local merchants affected by the situation and paying the price.
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    IDF soldier stands guard near site of shooting attack in Nablus
    IDF soldier stands guard near site of shooting attack in Nablus
    IDF soldier stands guard near site of shooting attack in Nablus
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    In recent weeks, there has been a significant decrease in Israeli Arabs entering the northern West Bank. Data obtained by i24NEWS shows that, on average weekdays, between 3,500 and 4,000 vehicles enter Jenin, and the number rises to 9,000 on weekends.
    However, there has been a 30 percent drop in the last two weeks, resulting in economic damage estimated at $8 million. For each day the Gilboa crossing - the northernmost crossing in the West Bank - is closed, the financial cost is estimated at approximately $420,000.
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    A man walks by an IDF armored vehicle after Israel blocked off entrances to Nablus
    A man walks by an IDF armored vehicle after Israel blocked off entrances to Nablus
    A man walks by an IDF armored vehicle after Israel blocked off entrances to Nablus
    (Photo: AFP)
    The decline is even more dramatic in Nablus. On regular weekdays, between 4,000 and 6,000 vehicles enter from Israel, and between 8,000 and 10,000 on weekends. As of Wednesday, there has been an over 50 percent decrease in the number of Israeli Arabs traveling to the region.
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