January 1, 2018 at 1:16 am #85949
Following is a discussion on the page titled: Material World: No Promised Land.
Below is the discussion so far. Feel free to add your own comments!January 1, 2018 at 1:16 am #131234
Due to space constraints, the article failed to mention in response to the First Intifada and reduce its reliance on Palestinian workers Israel has a policy of importing migrant workers, a population of 300,000 foreign workers, mostly from Thailand and the Philippines but also from Eastern Europe and more recently, construction workers from China.Regulations to discourage migrant workers laying down roots in Israel are especially stringent. Female guest workers who give birth in Israel, once her residence permit expires, have to leave the country and return without the child if she wanted to extend her permit stay and if the father is a foreign citizen, either she or he is obliged to leave Israel. Regulations for employing foreign workers explicitly state that such workers will not be allowed to enter Israel or cannot remain working in Israel if they have a parent, sibling or child living in the country.Human Rights Watch in a 2015 report documented low pay, excessive working hours, hazardous working conditions, and poor housing for some of Israel’s Thai agricultural workers – and employer retribution if they try to protest by going on strike. HRW found that the abuses the workers result from weak enforcement of Israel’s labour laws, which on paper afford migrant workers extensive protection. Various factors, however, undermine the effectiveness of the legal framework. These include a division of regulatory responsibilities, an ineffective inspection regime, apparently insufficiently resourced enforcement units, and a failure to impose meaningful sanctions on employers and manpower agents who break the law.January 2, 2018 at 11:16 pm #131235
Israel is set to inform thousands of Africans who entered the country illegally that they have three months to leave or face indefinite imprisonment. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/02/israel-to-tell-african-migrants-leave-or-face-indefinite-imprisonmentJanuary 12, 2018 at 6:44 am #131236
Another follow up media articlehttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/12/it-is-better-to-go-to-jail-the-african-migrants-being-forced-from-israelQuote:“I see these men, women and children every single day. I have interviewed dozens of them in depth and heard their stories – about the rapes of their mothers, sisters and daughters, the murders of their family members and friends, the hopelessness and fear. If these people don’t qualify as refugees, then who does?”April 2, 2018 at 9:08 pm #131237
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/02/israel-agrees-un-deal-scrap-plan-deport-african-asylum-seekersIsrael has scrapped a plan to force thousands of African asylum seekers to choose between deportation and an indefinite spell in jail, striking a deal instead to resettle many in western countries including Canada, Italy and Germany. Israel has indicated it will regularise the legal status of many of those remaining.Welcoming the decision to shelve the plan, the Movement to Halt the Deportation of Asylum Seekers said: “This agreement would not have happened without dozens of organisations and the contribution of numerous people…."April 3, 2018 at 3:27 am #131238
Spoke too soonIsrael suspended the deal with the United Nations mere hours after it had announced the agreement.http://www.dw.com/en/israel-nixes-un-migrant-deal-after-protests/a-43226744
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