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Video: Israel uses child slave labour to plant and harvest its agriculture. not a big deal though

14.04.2015  |  12:54
Video: Israel uses child slave labour to plant and harvest its agriculture. not a big deal though

Palestinian children as young as 11 are being employed under dangerous conditions in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank in breach of international law, a human rights group said on Monday

Palestinian children as young as 11 are being employed under dangerous conditions in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank in breach of international law, a human rights group said on Monday.

Hundreds of child labourers are working in farms and agricultural businesses in the strategically sensitive Jordan Valley for just £13 a day, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch, which documented cases of young people suffering work-related ill health and injuries.

The 74-page report, Ripe For Abuse: Palestinian Child Labour in Israeli Agricultural Settlements in the West Bank, says economic hardship is forcing some children to drop out of school to work in the farms to support their families.

It records instances of children working outdoors in 100F (38C) temperatures while enduring even hotter conditions inside greenhouses.

"Israel's settlements are profiting from rights abuses against Palestinian children," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa director.

"Children from communities impoverished by Israel's discrimination and settlement policies are dropping out of school and taking on dangerous work because they feel they have no alternatives, while Israel turns a blind eye."

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