The Jordan Valley settlements are perpetuating occupational violence, placing many Palestinians that work in agriculture outside Israeli labor law.
Video from Kav LaOved on Palestinian workers employed in Israel
Since last June, 34 people have died in work accidents in the building and infrastructure industries – an increase of 55 percent over the parallel period of the previous year.
Special permits given to Gazan laborers don't include social benefits, unlike permits for workers from the West Bank. In an accident, no one will compensate them, says a representing lawyer.
Under the current system, tens of thousands of Palestinian workers are each forced to pay 2,500 shekels (US$780) a month for a work permit in Israel. The money is divvied up between a Palestinian middleman and an Israeli contractor
This position paper calls for a radical change in the “permit regime” for Palestinian workers in Israel.
There is an entire industry based on an illegal trade in government-issued permits that are not supposed to cost money.
Manual laborers working in Israel earn more than someone with a graduate degree in chemistry in the occupied territories. A reform to improve Palestinian workers’ lot has failed.