IRIN | Occupied labour: The treadmill of Palestinian work in Israel

All told, these checkpoints are a heavy burden for the workers: several thousand Palestinians push through here every morning – so many that a team of 70 volunteer “herders” must keep the masses in order.“I leave my house at 3am so I can cross the checkpoint on time,” said Ahmed, a construction worker outside the crossing.Each day, he travels from Tubas, on the other side of the West Bank, and makes a long but short journey to Tel Aviv: four hours just to get 60 kilometres as the crow flies. After a rough day of burning tar on building sites, he is back in bed around 8pm, to wake up at 2am when the treadmill spins on. “I only see my children asleep,” he said.

Source: IRIN | Occupied labour: The treadmill of Palestinian work in Israel