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  • Home Field: Visiting agriculture workers in Israel, part 2

    In a series of posts based on field visits and meetings with migrant workers in Israel, Noa Shauer and Shiraz Grinbaum highlight the conditions, hardships and exploitation of foreign workers. In part 2, a Thai worker and labor organizer at Moshav Sde Nitzan is deported for organizing a strike over working conditions. Read part 1 here Text: Noa Shuar Photos: Shiraz Grinbaum/ Moshav Sde Nitzan is located in the northwestern Negev, a part of the Eshkol Local Authority. The moshav, a farming community, is made up of some 80 families, as well as 157 foreign workers from Thailand who work in…

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  • Israeli public sector strike against piggish capitalism held up

    The public sector strike planned for Monday morning aimed to end one of  the worst economic injustices in Israel - the criminal exploitation of "outsourced" laborers. The government opposes the strike because it is the country's largest employer of these 21st century slaves. UPDATE: The National Labor Court ruled early Monday morning that the strike must end by 10 A.M., after which negotiations must resume between the Histadrut national labor federation and government, which got nowhere overnight. If no agreement is reached by Thursday, the public sector strike will go ahead, barring a second, less likely court intervention. If ever a public sector strike in Israel were…

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