Where do some undocumented workers in Israel live…?

One of the things I like to do, on a day when we have no plans, is to grab my camera and explore the different neighborhoods in Herzlia.  One neighborhood that I wanted to explore was Kfar Shmaryahu, which is known for its extravagant residences, many, the homes of diplomats from around the world.

Kfar Shmaryahu is about 4km (miles, what are those?) from where we live in Herzlia. The walk took me through  some of the city’s diverse neighborhoods, from large apartment complexes, to small neighborhood homes, from farmland to seaside residences. Along the way, I was walking along a forest like area, when I noticed some ‘strange’ fences and gates. One of the gates was open a bit, and I could swear I heard it say; “Ellery, בואו פנימה!”, “Ellery, come inside!” So what was I supposed to do? I entered of course…

The image in the ‘header’ above was what greeted me. I had entered a ‘camp’ that was used by the undocumented workers living in Israel. There are about 60,000+ undocumented workers living in Israel. Most, 87%,  come from Eritrea and the Sudan, crossing through the Egyptian border. The Eritrea citizens, who, since 2009, form the majority of the undocumented workers in Israel cannot be deported due to an opinion of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees that Eritrea “has a difficult internal situation and a forced recruitment” and therefore the Eritrean immigrants are defined as a “temporary humanitarian protection group”. Despite the fact that a similar opinion does not exist in relation to citizens of Sudan, Israel does not deport them back to Egypt due to a real fear for their fate.

I’m still not sure if this ‘camp’ was currently inhabited, but there appeared to be some order in the kitchen and around the housing. The images below give a small glimpse of life for these workers in Israel.

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The Sights and Flavors of Shuk Carmel…

Shuk Carmel (Carmel Marketplace) is located a few blocks from Tel Aviv’s beach area on the Mediterranean. From several directions you enter this “gigantic, throbbing, open-air food-plus-everything-else market” where vendors hawk everything from pistachios and guavas to sun hats and memorial candles on open tables lining the many shopping streets.  The market runs into side streets, large and small, one side favoring dry goods and the other dried beans, fruit, nuts, and spices in all colors and fragrances, sold from sacks.

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Sunday in Tel Aviv…

Spent the day walking around central Tel Aviv…at least it looked central to me. Always enjoy walking through the different neighborhoods, each distinctly different from the next. Here are a few images from our walk.

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Friday Afternoon in Tel Aviv…

Friday Afternoon in Tel Aviv…

Street Performer...

Street Performer…

There is a lot happening on a typical Friday afternoon in Tel Aviv. Friday, the day before the Jewish sabbath, many people in Israel do not work or work a half-day, schools have early dismissal and people take advantage of the beautiful weather to do outdoor activities. Ben Yehuda Street becomes a pedestrian mall where local artists set-up and sell their wares. Nearby, at the Carmel Market (Shuk Carmel), people are out to buy food for the Shabbat dinner.

At the corner where the Shuk and Ben Yehuda Street meet there is always a buzz of activity with street performers attracting large crowds next to a group of Hassidic men asking for men to stop and put on tefillin. I want to share my images and video to share with you the many different kinds of people that make Tel Aviv an exciting, vibrant city

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDTRztKD7OA

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The Street Cats of Israel 2…

Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv,

Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv,

Back by popular demand here is the sequel to ‘The Street Cats of Israel 1’

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