From TIMESONLINE, January 21, 2010
Israel has stopped issuing work permits to
foreign aid workers in the West Bank and
East Jerusalem, sparking fears about the future
of relief operations in the Palestinian territories.
The move came amid pressure from right-wing
Israeli groups to crack down on non-governmental
organizations, which are often seen as having a
political, anti-Israeli bias.
Some left-wing Israeli groups have accused Israel
of "declaring war" on foreign groups such as
Human Rights Watch and Oxfam, which have been
critical of Israel's blockade of Gaza.
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