If it wasn’t so tragic, one could have said this was a case of poetic justice.
Apart from Israeli newspapers and the tireless people at MIFF, no Norwegian news outlet or pro Palestinian NGOs have reported or commented on it. But I am sure they will find a spin to blame Israel for their wicked deeds. In fact, on the MIFF article talkbacks it has already started:
This lovely fellow says: Obviously unfortunate that Palestinian jobs are lost, but positive in the fight against illegal developments in occupied territory. Cynical to exploit workers during the move but not give them work permit. The relocation of Soda Stream will hopefully create precedence for other establishments in occupied territory.
lifted from miff.no, google translate
600 Palestinians lost their jobs because of SodaStream boycott
The last remaining Palestinian workers at the boycott-affected SodaStream factory, currently has its last working day.
02/29/2016 4:02 p.m.
Nearly 600 Palestinian workers have lost their jobs after the soda machines from SodaStream was hit by a massive international boycott campaign from 2013.
Earlier this month it became clear that the 74 last remaining Palestinian workers were dismissed. Today, Monday 29 February, they have their last working at SodaStream factory, according to the Times of Israel.
Half the crew were Palestinian
Downsizing of Palestinian labor forced himself forward as a result of factory last year moved from Mishor Adumim, industrial zone of the settlement Ma’ale Adumim in the West Bank, just outside Jerusalem. The factory moved to new premises in the Negev after massive pressure from boycott movement. Relocation plan was announced in 2014 and completed in October 2015.
More than 500 Palestinian workers lost their jobs when the factory was moved because it would not be possible for them to obtain a work permit in Israel. Factory searched for this for a work permit for 74 of its Palestinian employees, but now also have these been rejected.
The factory that makes the popular carbonated machines, has a total of around 1,200 workers. Hundreds of Israelis are now new employee at the factory.
Did not work
SodaStream management is critical that the Israeli government has refused to grant a work permit for the Palestinian workers their. COGAT, the institution that coordinates the Israeli-Palestinian cooperation in the West Bank and Gaza, say they believe they have gone to great lengths to help the factory to undertake moving their project, by the Palestinian workers were granted temporary special permit to work in Israel in moving and transitional period. They stated that 58,000 Palestinians have work permits in Israel, in addition to 27,000 other works by Israeli companies companies in settlements and industrial zones in the West Bank.
Palestinians with Israeli employers have much higher wages and better rights than those working in Palestinian businesses, according to the Palestinian Authority’s own newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida.
In 2013 MIFF stood up against the Norwegian boycott activists, who now has helped to ensure that nearly 600 Palestinians have been unemployed.
If I were a pro-Pal activist, I would have hung my head in deep shame. As for the bright heads that concocted this idea… this is a classic case of unmitigated FUBAR!