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This specific image was shot today on my way back from work, where I saw this man standing in front of this beautiful woman in a poster in the front window of a caffe that is opening very soon in "Ramat Hashron", I thought that the contrast between her and him is a good way to start my work about "Foreign workers" in Israel.

The issue In short: The government allowed few years ago for some 60,000 people from around the globe (mainly from Africa, and Eastern Europe) to come and work in Israel, after that a lot of other so-called illegal workers came. At first they we exploited by their employers who hold their passport as an "assurance" they will not runaway (where to exactly??), paid them pennies and to make thing even "better" they where living in the worst conditions. And for a time it was good for the government, than came the unemployment problems in Israel so the solution was to get reed (I hate to use this word, but that’s the reality of things here) of them. So now they are hiding from immigration – the way they are treated when captured is a shame to us. I know we're used to "happy" themes on TE but I'm now working to document those people's lives and I feel I must raise the issue.
(I know it's a long note…)

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