City Notes: Haifa Arab Culture Festival features topical art exhibition on foreign workers

The exhibition combines political, national, ethnic, religious and aesthetic perceptions of this issue in an exploration of the concepts of foreignness, imitation and origin.

'Foreigners Among Us' explores the status of foreign workers (photo credit: Courtesy)
'Foreigners Among Us' explores the status of foreign workers
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Haifa’s Jewish-Arab Culture Center launched an art exhibition this week on the topic of the status and rights of foreign workers in the West, and specifically in Israel. The exhibition, titled “Foreigners Among Us” and curated by Dor Guez, is on display at the Beit Hagefen Art Gallery, as part of the this year’s Arab Culture Festival, running from May 8 to 17.
“In the early 1990s, with the end of the first intifada and by a deliberate initiative of Israel, hundreds of thousands of work immigrants started coming to the country, gradually pushing Palestinian workers out of the labor market. Today, Israel tops the list of industrial countries importing a foreign workforce,” explains a statement released ahead of the exhibition launch.
“While today Israel receives foreign workers from over 70 countries, during decades of occupation the ‘foreign worker‘ in Israel was a worker from a Palestinian origin, a ‘foreigner’ living ‘among us,’” it continues. “The foreignness of the Palestinian worker, foreignness established in relation to the Jewish-Israeli hegemony, does not stem from planned immigration. It is most certainly not geographic; its origin is forced expulsion, exclusion from the civilian space and occupational hardship.”
The works combine political, national, ethnic, religious and aesthetic perceptions of this issue in an exploration of the concepts of foreignness, imitation and origin.
The festival also features music shows, including young Palestinian DJs and musicians, as well as lectures and events for children at the University of Haifa and downtown – offering Jews and Arabs the opportunity to get acquainted with young Palestinian music in Israel. All events are open to the public free of charge.
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A spokesperson for the Luna Park amusement complex, which is located in north Tel Aviv, told Army Radio that management had little choice but to refuse the child since the roller coaster is classified as “extreme.” The mother of the child in question told Army Radio that the child had gotten on the roller coaster in the past.
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The circumstances of the accident were unknown.
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Police arrived on the scene after receiving a report of a man brandishing a knife in all directions at the Neveh Zohar gas station. A patrol car from Arad arrived, and when one of the officers told the suspect to put the knife down he reportedly began to run toward her, at which point she used a Taser. After falling to the ground, however, the man allegedly got up and ran toward her once again with the knife drawn. The officer subsequently fired at his lower body.
The suspect, a Beersheba resident in his 30s, was moderately wounded and evacuated to the Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba.
The case was transferred to the Police Investigation Unit. The Negev District Police opened a parallel investigation to clarify circumstances.