Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781783609949 Published August 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783609956 Published August 2017 For sale in North and South America only

Employing the Enemy

Matthew Vickery

Employing the Enemy

Matthew Vickery

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256 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781783609949 Published August 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783609956 Published August 2017 For sale in North and South America only
How would it feel to build homes for other people on land that had been taken from you? That bitter toil is the daily reality for the thousands of Palestinians who are working to build illegal Israeli settlements. It is a job that requires a disavowal of their legal rights and comes with little to no job security, low wages, and dangerous working conditions. Through a vivid and moving narrative, Matthew Vickery introduces us to the Palestinian workers who fill these harrowing positions.
 
Based on conversations with these workers and their families, the book explores the rationale, emotions, and consequences of such conflicted employment. In doing so, Vickery draws attention to a previously neglected aspect of the Palestinian experience and Israeli subjugation. This, coupled with an innovative and groundbreaking analysis of the Israeli government’s role in the settlement employment sector, exposes the true nature of these practices as a new, insidious form of state-sponsored forced labor.  Exploring ways that such practices might be challenged, Employing the Enemy paints a powerful picture of how and why people collude with their own oppression, and why a solution to the Israel/Palestine conflict that provides dignity and rights for all is urgently needed.
 
Review Quotes
Ghada Karmi, author of In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story
“The story of Palestinian workers in Israeli settlements is not well known. This book tells it with candour and vividness.  Essential reading for those who want to understand the true extent of Israel's domination of the Palestinians.”
Richard Falk, former UN Special Rapporteur on Palestinian rights
“Vickery convincingly illuminates a little known aspect of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank—the exploitation and abuse of Palestinians so desperate for work that they take underpaid and humiliating jobs in Israeli settlements.”
John Reynolds, author of Beyond Occupation
“Provides a vivid exposition of the material struggles and moral dilemmas faced by these workers, as well as the ways in which their labour produces its own small, steadfast gestures of resistance.”
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