Israel No Palestinians Need Apply

Unable to stop a surge in violence, Shamir clamps down on workers from the occupied territories

Neither the Israeli army nor Palestinian activists managed to force Nasser Hemeid to quit his job in Israel. Arising each morning at 4, he defied Arab strikes and army curfews as he made the eight-mile trip from the Dehaishe refugee camp near Bethlehem to Jerusalem, where he put in nine-hour days as a plasterer for an Israeli construction firm. After nine years on the job, his wage had risen to nearly $3 an hour, just enough to support his wife and five children.

Hemeid's boss was more easily intimidated. Three weeks ago, Hemeid was fired, another victim of the latest surge...

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