Israeli textile workers protest use of Chinese labor

Dozens of textile workers gathered outside the Public Security Ministry in Jerusalem on Sunday to protest the use of Chinese labor in the production of Israeli police uniforms. The protesters accused the government of preferring cheap Chinese products at the expense of local Israel production, and warned that the textile industry in Israel was in danger of economic collapse. Signs with banners addressed to Public Security Minister Avi Dichter read, "The uniform of an Israeli police officer was sewed in China. You should be ashamed!" The protesters were accompanied by Zvi Lieberman, Director of the Textile and Fashion Industries Association, which represents some 140 companies around the country.