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Indian labour replaces Palestinians in Israel as 1st batch leaves from Delhi

April 3, 2024 at 3:06 pm

Farewell event from the first batch of Indian construction workers going to Israel, in New Delhi, India on 2 April 2024 [NaorGilon/X]

The first batch of Indian construction workers have left for Israel after Tel Aviv banned Palestinian labourers from working there, Indian media reported today.

The first batch of 64 workers from northern Haryana and Uttar Pradesh were on their way to Israel, daily the Hindu reported.

Israeli Ambassador to India, Naor Gilon, also confirmed the development, posting photos of the first batch’s farewell gathering in the capital New Delhi.

“Today we had a farewell event from the first batch of 60+ Indian construction workers going to Israel under the G2G agreement. This is an outcome of hard work of many, including @NSDCINDIA [National Skill Development Corporation of India]. I’m sure that the workers become ‘ambassadors’ of the great P2P [people to people] relations between,” Gilon stated on X.

Last December, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to send 10,000 construction workers as his country was facing labour shortages after Tel Aviv banned thousands of Palestinians from working in the country, according to the report.

Following Netanyahu’s request, India launched a massive recruitment drive in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to find people for work in Israel.

New Delhi is expected to send the remaining workers in the coming weeks. However, the safety of Indian workers is a major issue, the report said.

Indian authorities said over 1,500 workers will be sent to Israel this month, despite opposition from the Centre of Indian Trade Union, which had urged the government not to send Indian workers there.

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