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  • WERU News Report 7/23/14

    Producer: Carolyn Coe

    Topic: Jordan Valley, Palestine

    Key discussion points:
    Israel’s occupation of Palestine has made life for Palestinians in the Jordan Valley very difficult. Palestinian farmers and herders struggle as Israel controls their water access, has implemented severe land use restrictions and export barriers, and has demolished their homes. As family debt rises, Palestinians often seek employment in the expanding Israeli colonial settlements.
    The agricultural settlements lack enforcement of labor protections, so Palestinian workers receive less than the Israeli minimum wage, and they work without sick days or pensions. They are often recruited by a Palestinian go-between who takes a significant cut in the workers’ pay. Palestinian children comprise as much as ten percent of this workforce.

    Guests:
    Rashed Sawafta, organizer, Jordan Valley Solidarity
    Feras Yousef Salam Abeyat, agricultural worker in Tomer settlement
    Ivan Karakashian, advocacy unit coordinator, Defence for Children International, Palestine
    Amjad Jaber, director, Palestinian Ministry of Labor, Jericho
    Hamza Zbeidat, field organizer, Ma’an Development Agency
    Taleb Ali Salam Abeyat, agricultural worker in Tomer settlement
    Hamda Ali Masoud Ibdirat, agricultural worker in Massu’a and Tomer settlements
    Ahmed Saeed, farmer, Palestinian Farmers’ Union
    Jamal Juma’, coordinator, Stop the Wall campaign

    Ma’an Development Center www.maan-ctr.org
    Defence for Children International, Palestine, www.dci-pal.org/
    Stop the Wall campaign, www.stopthewall.org
    Jordan Valley Solidarity www.jordanvalleysolidarity.org

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    Published on July 23, 2014 · Filed under: WERU News Report; Tagged as:
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