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A fund that actually does something about the living
conditions and welfare of offshore workers living in slave
Instead of just bickering on BBC and CNN shows about the
terrible conditions that workers from India, Nepal Thailand
and Eritrea, Senegal, Bangladesh, Mexico, China
Romania are living in, without running water, toilets or
beds for themselves, with no chance to go back home
because their passports had been taken away and they have
not been paid, and women being sexually harassed by
their "owners" in those countries where polygamy is
permitted - in Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and
Lebanon (youtube videos), and in the wealthy countries:
USA, France, Spain, Israel, Italy and the UK...
This fund finds locations that are being used as living
quarters for illegal aliens and companies that employ
them, and pay the company owners and house owners the
money needed to maintain better conditions for the same
The fund has local legally located staff that see that these
bought conditions are actually met.
So a dark sweatshop in Hebron, Jordan or East Germany
where woman are bent all day working on sewing shoes is
paid the earnings of 45 minutes a day to give them a
break, and the money it costs to install windows that let
the light of day in. Building sites are paid to install toilets
and for the water of showers, running a 2nd hand store
with clothes that fit the people, and a doctor's office for
The fund pays abused workers the fair home and helps
them retrieve their passport even if it is held by someone
||Such treatment is actually illegal even in many of
the countries where it happens. The relief fund
would be better spent on lawyers to bring these
'employers' to court and getting justice done.
||I agree with . It's not a lack of money, rather it's corruption that allows this to continue.
||And sending the money to the owners to fix things up? There are good owners and bad ones. The bad owners take your passport and lock you up at night. I don't think we want to send those ones any money.
||This would subsidize bad behavior. No thanks.
||I disagree. These millions of people live in miserable
conditions. Fight the legal thing bla bla bla. They're
suffering. NOW. They don't have a toilet. They don't have
a shower. They don't have a good job. This is the job they
got. They openly cry. The Abu Dhabi guys or the sweat
shop owners chose to ignore. And if they do close down,
the situation gets worse! They need this work with all the
low wages. Help them get some dignity. Help them live in
better conditions. Help them opt out if they want to.
Don't let anyone push them down. Help them keep their
heads above the water. And our rep is there to see that
it actually happens.
||This is a fund that protects boat people and gives them
food and helps them fix the motor. It helps them find a
path to safety. But it does not go to war against the
country they are fleeing from. Its a fund that realizes the
reality and the limited ability to correct the world.
Meanwhile we do something small and make their life
||I posted the idea last night. This morning we heard the
horrible news about little kids dying, one of them this
morning, at the hospital in my country, because their
refugee or infiltrator parents sent them to an
overcrowded kinder garden. Horrors.
||What is an infiltrator parent?
||Infiltrators are people from alien (usually enemy)
countries, who illegally cross the border and infiltrate
the country they wish to reach and sometimes dominate.
||In 1982 I was in a battle combating volunteers from
Sudan who came to Lebanon to join the battle against
Israel. The same people had been working in Libya,
invited there by the government for good pay. Recently,
after the ousting of Ghaddaffi, and even some time
before, the fate
of dark skinned people in that country turned, and was
happy, so they began searching for new places to go.
There's a youtube video that shows these people , when
asked if they acknowledge the Israeli government, telling
group of Israelis in Tel Aviv that Israel is not our country,
that the they will take it away from the Israelis.
||Refugees on the other hand are people who are running
away from a bad situation where they are being
threatened and attacked. This is happening in Eritrea and
in Darfur, where oil is found and sold to the mining
companies, while the people are being displaced and
||Both refugees and infiltrators are living here under
similar conditions, except that the infiltrators are illegal
while the refugees are allowed to stay and move around
||They come here via "trafficking people" usually Arabic
speaking Egyptians and Algerians who promise them "the
good life" and take them in closed trucks with no food,
through thousands of kilometers of the South
Mediterranean land deserts and passed the great cities of
these civilizations, and bring them to Israel, because it is
perceived as a Western culture country and a place
where they can prosper.
||Both these people are in a totally different category, at
least in this country, from those that are "foreign
workers", legally brought in for work in
agriculture - from Thailand, and for assisting the elderly -
the Philippines, or for the building industry - from Nepal
||These low wage workers, along with the Arab workers
from Judea and Samaria, Druze workers from Lebanon (in
the past) and from the Golan, receive accommodation,
medical treatment, and when their families are brought
here for 6 years, (because workers are considered to be
when they are with their families), they receive
education and benefits, the
same as minimal wage earning Israelis.