Hadash MKs giving flowers to Palestinians at checkpoint in honor of May Day.
(photo credit: JOINT LIST)
Hadash party MKs began May Day on Sunday by giving flowers to Palestinian workers waiting to enter Israel during a visit to the Eyal checkpoint north of Kalkilya.
“‘We appreciate your visit and the flowers, and we hope to find work today,’ – this was the common response we heard this morning,” Joint List MK Yousef Jabareen (Hadash) told The Jerusalem Post.
“It has been a painful visit hearing many stories about the daily suffering of the workers."
“They arrive at the military check point around 2 a.m. in order to be able to enter on time,” he said.
He described the scene of thousands of Palestinian workers crowded in the crossing facility, many of them not even sure they would find an employer to pick them up that day.
“Israeli employers are exploiting these vulnerable workers to avoid giving them their full rights and benefits,” charged Jabareen.
The communist Hadash party marked the international worker’s day at the checkpoint along with its members of Knesset and representatives in the Histadrut labor federation.
Hadash said it would push to change the situation in the Knesset.
May Day rallies were also held in Nazareth and Tel Aviv over the weekend.