Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another

thescroll_header

Israel’s Migrant-Labor Problems

Won’t go away, because Israelis won’t hire Arabs

Print Email

The latest and longest in a stream of articles about Israel’s plan to deport a wave of illegal migrant laborers comes from Counterpunch magazine, which claims that Israeli finance minister Yuval Steinitz wants to expel 100,000 of those workers in the largest sweep since 2003. Yonatan Preminger, who’s described as being “active in the field of worker’s rights,” argues in the Counterpunch essay that these mass deportations will recur every few years until Israel stops importing cheap labor, mostly from Southeast Asia, instead of employing the Palestinian workforce in and outside of the Green Line. Even before the establishment of the Jewish state, Preminger contends, Jews in what’s now Israel have been trying to find a way around using Arab labor, whether to keep menial jobs for Jewish immigrants, as a security measure, or simply in order to “reduce the Arab presence on this piece of land.” That goal wasn’t fully realized, though, until the past couple of decades, as Israel’s economy has liberalized and become global, and legal and illegal migrant laborers from Thailand and the Philippines arrived in droves. (There are currently about 250,000 migrants in the country.)

Preminger’s essay ends on a bleak note: “Despite the economic crisis and associated rising unemployment, it is unlikely that Israel will wean its employers off cheap ‘foreign workers’ in favor of opening more employment opportunities to the Arab sector or Palestinians from the Occupied Territories: migrant labor has enabled Israel to open its borders to the globalized economy without endangering its Jewish identity, while bolstering the myth that Israel can be a country for Jews alone.”

The Strategy Behind Israel’s Migrant Labor Policies [Counterpunch]

Print Email

COMMENTING CHARGES
Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180

WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.

I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at letters@tabletmag.com. Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.

We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.

Sometimes I question the internet and what is posted? The internet never used to be like that, recently though it has turned around. What do you think?

I do love using the services of your small business. Your world wide web layout is quite easy over the eye. You have got a great spot for their shop. I extremely enjoyed navigating along with ordering from your site. It is rather, very simple to use and user friendly. Great job for the fabulous web-site.

whoah this weblog is excellent i like studying your posts. Keep up the great work! You already know, lots of people are looking round for this info, you could help them greatly.

We do love appointing your organization. Your web layout is amazingly easy about the eye. You possess a great spot for a shop. I actually enjoyed navigating plus ordering from a site. It is rather, very easy to and convenient. Great job on a fabulous internet site.

Heya i am for the first time hereI came across this board and I find It really useful & it helped me out a lotI hope to give something back and aid others like you aided me.

I thoroughly support an individual’s points with view during the article. I’m sure your spectacular writing style will make your article seriously popular. At final, more and even more people will and is overtaken by your posting.

2000

Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Israel’s Migrant-Labor Problems

Won’t go away, because Israelis won’t hire Arabs

More on Tablet:

How To Make Middle Eastern Stuffed Vegetables

By Joan Nathan — Video: Filled with warm rice and unexpected spices, they’re perfect for a cool autumn night—as a side dish or vegetarian entree