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6 Nov 2023

The Statesman

India: Israeli construction sector urges Govt. to allow companies to hire 100,000 Indian workers to replace Palestinians amid conflict

"Israel asks India for 100,000 workers to replace Palestinians amid Gaza war: Report", 6 November 2023

Israeli Builders Association has urged the government to allow companies to hire up to 100,000 Indian workers to replace almost equal number of Palestinians who have lost their work permits amid the ongoing war between Israeli military and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, according to a report published by VOA News.

Haim Feiglin of Israeli Builders Association said that they are negotiating with India in this regard and currently waiting for a decision from the Israeli government to approve this.


According to the report, there are some 90,000 Palestinians who used to work in Israel before the war began. However, they are no longer allowed to work in Israel following the...attack by militants of Palestinian Islamic outfit Hamas.

This has led to a significant slowdown in Israel’s construction industry, which is reeling under a severe shortage of workforce.

Notably, India and Israel had signed an agreement in May early this year to allow 42,000 Indian workers to work in the Jewish state in the fields of construction and nursing. The move was expected to help Israel in dealing with the rising cost of living as Indian labourers are paid comparatively cheaper wages.

Part of the following timelines

Israel: Replacement of Palestinians with Indian workers leading to discriminatory recruitment & fee charging; Palestinians left without jobs or income

Israel: Measures to replace Palestinian workers prompt accusations of complicity in forced displacement and dispossession of Palestinians and disregard for safety of incoming migrant workers