Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Africans in Israel
Yesterday I had to design a food factory near the Ramle Market and saw hundreds of Africans waiting in front of the Government Building (Kyriath HaMemshala). Probably they were asking for staying permits from the Ministry of Interior. Ramle is about 20% black, if judging for the color of the people on the streets. It is one of the few mixed Arab Jewish towns in Israel, as contrary to Lod, some Arab clans choose to collaborate with the Palmach in 1948 and they were allowed to stay. The typical Arab bazaar was inherited in 1948 by Oriental Jewish refugees. They have developed the shuk as one of the cheapest of the country and many food factories have sprouted from it. I found my client (a North African clan) very stressed because they had been cought by Health inspectors selling "black" foodstuff, that is, from unapproved sources. Once I liked the schwarmah of Ramle, but I learned to avoid eating in that town. The man waxed indignant "What is the Government business from where I buy my stuff? What if I buy it on "black"?" Innocently, I tried to explain him the dangers of uninspected meat. He didnt pay me attention nor my advance. Pic.: The Shuk's Committee forbids the employment of undocumented persons.