Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

Happy Anniversary!

On the occasion of Israel’s fiftieth anniversary, a Bar Ilan University poll found that kibbutzniks were considered to be the most Zionist by respondents asked to pick among 11 different categories. Myths of the heroic pioneers live on, despite the fact that kibbutzniks have not done their own work in years. Tightened restrictions on Palestinian labor from the Occupied Territories in the wake of the intifada mean that kibbutz work today is likely to be done by Romanians, Thais or Filipinos. According to official estimates there are now 200,000 foreign workers in Israel, about half of them working illegally, but other estimates put the total at 300,000.

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How to cite this article:

Al Miskin "Column: Happy Anniversary!," Middle East Report 207 (Summer 1998).