Palestinians march for right to work in all professions
By Mohammed Zaatari
Daily Star staff
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
SIDON: More than 500 Palestinians demonstrated Tuesday at the Ain-al Hilweh refugee camp, calling on the Lebanese government and international community to allow refugees the right to work in any profession they choose. While praising Labor Minister Tarrad Hamade's partial lifting of a ban on some 70 specific professions for Palestinians born in Lebanon, protesters urged the minister to allow Palestinians to work in all fields, specifically pharmacy, engineering, law and medicine.
The government prohibits Palestinians from working in dozens of professions, most of which are in traditionally well-paying fields such as medicine, law, engineering, academia, etc.
The official reason? To prevent the permanent settlement of Palestinians in Lebanon.