The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

Palestinian child beggars in Israel

West Bank poverty spawns child beggars:

NAZARETH, Israel - For 15-year-old Issa, days of summer start when the sun rises over a northern Israeli hill, shining on a garbage dump, a thorny field and then the dirty mattress that is his bed.

Issa is among hundreds of Palestinian child laborers who sneak into Israel from the West Bank, hawking or begging at traffic junctions.
Note that this story just barely mentions the occupation as a primary cause of poverty in the West Bank. Not surprising from AP, whose State Department correspondent (Barry Schweid) is a notorious Zionist and often tilts his coverage in favor of Israel.