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Palestine Delegation. Oct 2007. Day 2. Jordon Valley

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

In the heart of the Jordon Valley, set on the hillside of Al Jiflik is a small Palestinian community. What was once a peaceful agricultural community is now a picture of devastation.

Since the occupation in 1967 the village has been caged in by settlements and their land stolen. Al Jiflik is situated in area C, which is a no build area and completely surrounded by checkpoints. The land which is still considered by the Israeli government as Palestinian is too dry to farm, as water supplies are minimal. Each individual is allowed only 72 cubic metres per day from the settlement supply; hardly enough to live on, with no hope of sustaining agricultural work. The people are forced to work in Israeli settlements, working long days for only 60 shekels (roughly £10) The complications which arise in being paid are incredible. Palestinians will only receive pay for 30 out of 46 days labour, sometimes without getting paid at all.

This is life in the Jordan Valley

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

We are now in Tubas which is a largish town in the north of the Jordan valley. We are staying with a delightful family, the father(quite young) is a journalist for the Palestinian news and writes all sorts of articles on what is happening here with the occupation etc. He told us that he met Tony Blair at a school in the Jordan valley which had just been set up bythe Palestinian authority. He was not very impressed. Tony was a bit surpised to realise that some of the children did not know who he was. He was surrounded by body guards. By all accounts he was told by the children about the awful hassle they experience every day going through the checkpoints.They explained that they are regularly made to raise their t -shirts to check they have no weapons-No reaction whatsoever. (more…)

Press Release - Brighton Residents Visit Palestine

Monday, October 22nd, 2007


A delegation of ten people from Brighton arrived in the Tubas region of occupied Palestine this weekend. Their week-long visit is aimed at fostering links between grassroots groups in Brighton and Tubas.


Statement from Tubas PGFTU and Brighton Tubas Friendship and Solidarity Group in support of the UNISON motion

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Boycott Israel, the State of Occupation


Farmers in Tubas and the Jordan Valley

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

As our delegation is coming to an end, I was asked to write something about the two farmers’ cooperatives that we have visited in the Tubas region. My mission of finding out more about the agricultural situation in Palestine has largely failed because of a lack of time, but hopefully I can do more research in the future. However, I can draw a rough picture of the situation many farmers are facing around Tubas and in the Jordan Valley. (more…)

PRESS RELEASE - House Demolitions Planned in Fasayil

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Brighton-Tubas Friendship And Solidarity Group Press Release

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The IDF visited the village of Fasayil, close to the Israeli settlement of Bet Syel in the Jordan Valley, on Sunday and told residents that five houses would be demolished after the Jewish holiday.


Al Haq - The Jordan Valley, Land and Self-Determination

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007
*30 March 2007*

Al-Haq takes the occasion of Land Day to highlight the intrinsic link between land and the exercise of the right to self-determination. Over nearly 40 years of occupation, Israel’s pervasive policies of land expropriation and confiscation, settlement construction and movement restrictions have severely damaged the access of the Palestinian people to their land in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), thereby rendering the meaningful exercise of the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination all but impossible. (more…)

Kavlaoved on the Conditions of Workers in the Jordan Valley

Monday, March 12th, 2007
Interviews over the past few weeks with several Palestinian workers revealed that hundreds of Palestinian workers are being seriously exploited by their Israeli settler employers.
The agricultural area in the Jordan Valley is home to about 20 settlements, each of which has its own farms. Labor conditions differ from one farm to the next; the employers do not comply with Israeli labor laws and completely ignore Palestinian labor laws. In order to work in one of the settlements, Palestinians workers must obtain entry permits from the Civil Administration. Thus, if the Civil Administration wanted to, it could easily monitor labor conditions and wages. As stated previously, labor laws are not enforced, and in fact no laws of any kind are enforced.
Daily wages are far below the legal minimum wage in Israel, ranging between NIS50-60 for an eight-hour workday in any of the settlements. For one hour of overtime, workers receive an additional NIS10, and they do not receive a pay stub for their wages. Employers believe that Palestinian workers do not deserve rights like compensation, vacations, and sick leave, which violates rulings issued by the Israeli labor courts regarding Palestinian workers in settlements.
Most of these Palestinians work with grapes, date palms, or flowers, and a few of them work in vegetable farming. Much of the produce is earmarked for export. Shoppers in England or Belgium who go to the market to buy “Israeli” agricultural products know nothing about the flagrant exploitation of Palestinians workers, and they are unaware that the produce is not of Israeli origin, but produced in the occupied territories. Grapes are marketed in Western countries by the Arba and Agrexco companies, and flowers are marketed especially in the Netherlands.
One Palestinian worker we spoke to said that he has been working in agriculture in one settlement for 15 years, and he says his salary has not changed in all those years. He receives NIS50 a day, and works from 6 am until 2 pm. He is one of six full-time workers who work throughout the year for his employer. There are other seasonal workers who only work for short periods of time. Palestinians are also employed to spray insecticides and do not wear appropriate attire or masks when doing so. One worker said that he was fired after he was injured in the eye on the job. As we have said before, in the occupied Jordan Valley region is workers are exploited like they were in the areas established in Gaza before Israel’s withdrawal.

Alternative Information Centre on Employment in the Jordan Valley

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006