In a widely attended workshop in Al Bireh
- Bisan Center for Research and Development emphasized that the “joint industrial zones are a reflection of the absence of development and a reinforcement of the state of economic dependency on the Israeli occupation”.
- The Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign: “Industrial zones are an economic alternative for making the apartheid system and ghettos viable.
- Union of Agricultural Work Committees: “a reinforcement of capitalist powers with a political agenda that would allow Israeli products to invade Arab markets”.
- Progressive Labor Union: the objective [of these zones] is not to find solutions for unemployment; it is to provide cheap labor for the occupation’s industries.
Bisan Center for Research and Development, The Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, and the Progressive Labor Union Front organized a widely attended workshop in al Bireh entitled “Palestinian Development between Sovereignty and Dependency: Industrial Zones as a Model.” presented in a workshop different working papers that discussed the issue of Industrial Zones from various angles and viewpoints.