Don't bury the textile industry just yet
For all the wailing, Kitan closing its plant in Dimona is an economic non-event. Nor does it symbolize the last breath of an ailing sector.
Kitan closing its textile plant in Dimona and sacking its 40 remaining employees will have few economic consequences, apart from increasing unemployment in a town that already has its fair share of economic woes. That the closure got so much media attention is the supposed symbolism of the event – the extinguishing of the last dying ember of a once vibrant textile industry.