Thursday, July 11, 2013

Palestinian children are among workers exploited in Jordan Valley settlements

"Statistics published by Maan have determined that 10,000 to 20,000 Palestinians are working in the Jordan Valley's illegal settlements, of which 5.5 per cent are children. The settlements continue to be a source of displacement and disruption, with children diverting their attention towards labour in order to support impoverished families. This is creating a cycle which is hard to break as agricultural settlements continue to offer a semblance of relief, providing an account of the correlation between the remote possibility of achieving a better life and human rights abuses brought about by deprivation. Many children working in settlements are following a routine which started decades ago, having no other viable option but to follow their fathers into precarious employment at the mercy of Israeli settlers' agricultural enterprises and dehumanising working conditions

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