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December 31st, 2008
Slideshow: In Israel, Migrants Replace Palestinian Workers

As Israel and Gaza fight what Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak has called a “war to the bitter end,” photographer Quito Ziegler shot these images exploring a related consequence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Barrier walls and restrictive military checkpoints mean that Palestine workers can no longer reliably commute to their jobs. So Israel has increased its reliance on workers from Thailand, the Philippines, China, and Africa to work in agriculture, construction, and as care-givers for the elderly. Meanwhile, high unemployment rates continue to be a challenge in the Palestinian territories.

Click on an image below to learn more about these workers.

  • Diane L.

    We would like to see more from this series. Very interesting. We need to understand the circumstances of others.

  • Sarah Willen

    Anyone interested in learning more about how Israel has become a destination for transnational labor migration might want to take a look at the following book:

    Willen, Sarah, ed. 2007. Transnational Migration to Israel in Global Comparative Context. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

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