An intimate look at the lives of asylum seekers and migrant workers in Israel
From illegal kindergartens to anti-immigrant rallies, from detention centres to workers' living quarters, from family homes to the high court, The Unchosen sheds light on one of the most little-known but increasingly significant aspects of Israeli society.
In highlighting Israel's harsh and worsening treatment of these newcomers, The Unchosen presents a fresh angle on the Israel-Palestine conflict, calling into question the state’s perennial justification for mistreatment of Palestinians: 'national security'. More fundamentally, this beautifully written book captures the voices and the struggles of some of the most marginalised and silenced people in Israel today.
Mya Guarnieri Jaradat is a journalist and writer who spent nearly a decade covering Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories. Her work has been published in a number of literary and media outlets, including The Nation, Al Jazeera English, Foreign Policy, the Guardian and Boston Review. She is the author of The Unchosen: The Lives of Israel's New Others (Pluto, 2017).
'Equipped with a profound knowledge of the plight of non-Jews who have come to Israel in search of work and asylum, Mya Guarnieri Jaradat brings their struggles to life in all of their complexity' - Neve Gordon, co-author of The Human Right to Dominate (Oxford University Press, 2015)
'The world needs more journalists with Guarnieri Jaradat's dedication, compassion, and unblinking intelligence. <em>The Unchosen </em>is as clear-eyed as it is heartfelt ... essential reading for anyone who wants to understand Israel' - Ben Ehrenreich, journalist and author of The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine (Penguin, 2016)
'An engaging book ... its contribution to the debate on migration is timely and useful' - Haaretz
2. The New Others: migrant workers
3. The Second Wave: a “flood” of African asylum seekers
4. “Our boss took his dogs to the bomb shelters but left us in the fields”: Thai workers doing “Hebrew work”
5. “Clean and Tidy”: foreigners in Israel after Operation Cast Lead
6. Black City: the “infiltrators”
7. Jewish girls for the Jewish people: the Knesset and the High Court
8. The only Darfuri refugee in Israel
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745336497
eBook ISBN: 9781786800329
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