Israeli financial ministry has reduced budgets of foreign and defence ministries and transferred funds to ministry of strategic affairs, which was created to fight BDS Movement.
Employees of foreign and defence ministries, including diplomats in the Israeli embassies abroad announced Tuesday they had started a strike in protest against the reduction of their salaries.
“The Treasury is acting unilaterally and is imposing unacceptable conditions on us,” Defence Ministry Chairman Sasson Peretz and Dana Benvenisti from the Foreign Ministry staff said.
The strike will leave up to 100,000 Palestinian workers unable to access their jobs in Israel because all of the crossings with the occupied West Bank would be closed.
In July, Haaretz reported that the Israeli Foreign Ministry faced a NIS350m ($100m) budget shortfall, which led to several key national events being cancelled.
The newspaper also reported that the foreign ministry had suffered severe budget cuts in recent years mainly as a result of the ministry of strategic affairs changeling funds into the battle against the BDS Movement.
Haaretz and Jerusalem Post