Israel exploits and cheats foreign workers


About 30,000 migrant workers hired by farms in Israel pay thousands of dollars to middlemen for their jobs but earn less than the minimum wage and are cheated out of overtime, according to an Israeli rights group report. The rights group Kav LaOved says the workers come mostly from Thailand but also Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Palestinian Territories. Its report calls them “the most exploited segment of workers in Israel”. The findings were due to be presented to the Israeli Knesset this week before parliament rules on a request for more employment permits from farmers and agri-businesses.