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HRW: Settlement Agriculture Using Palestinian Child Labor

Palestinian children posing for a photo as they take a break from work near Qalandiya. (Tamar Fleishman, PalestineChronicle)

Palestinian children posing for a photo as they take a break from work near Qalandiya. (Tamar Fleishman, PalestineChronicle)

Israeli settlement farms in the occupied West Bank are using Palestinian child labor to grow, harvest and pack agricultural produce, much of it for export, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Monday.

The farms pay the children low wages and subject them to dangerous working conditions in violation of international standards.

The 74-page report, “Ripe for Abuse: Palestinian Child Labor in Israeli Agricultural Settlements in the West Bank,” documents that children as young as 11 are working on settlement farms.

The children carry heavy loads, are exposed to high temperatures and hazardous pesticides, and in some cases have to pay themselves for medical treatment for work-related injuries or illness.

“Israel’s settlements are profiting from rights abuses against Palestinian children,” said Sarah Leah Whitson…

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