(JTA) – The last Palestinian employees of SodaStream lost their jobs following the company’s move from the West Bank to southern Israel.
The 74 employees had been commuting to the company’s new location in the Negev Desert since the plant in Maale Adumim closed in October. Some 500 Palestinian employees lost their jobs at that time. Israel gave the remaining employees permission to enter the country and continue to work for SodaStream until the end of February.
The company had planned to have a going-away ceremony for them, Agence France Presse reported Monday.
SodaStream, which produces soda-making machines for the home, had threatened to halt production at its factory unless the workers were given permits – a threat it later abandoned. The new plant employs a significant number of Bedouin Arabs, particularly women.
In October 2014, SodaStream announced it would close its West Bank factory in the face of international pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS.