Since Hamas’s October 7 attacks killed dozens of Thais in Israel, 8,000 of 30,000 Thai migrant workers have fled the country. Their exposure to a war in which they have no part dramatizes their insecure status as heavily exploited laborers.
Dr Matan Kaminer is an anthropologist researching labor migration from Thailand to Israel’s agricultural sector, an activist on Israel’s radical left, and a member of Academia for Equality and Aid for Farm Workers.
Benjamin Netayahu’s newly convened government, the largest in Israeli history, is also facing the country’s greatest economic crisis in decades. As signs of public disaffection start to grow, it may try to avoid challenges to its power by provoking a violent confrontation with Palestinians.
Israel’s second general election of the year has demonstrated more clearly than ever that the most important oppositional force in the country is its Palestinian minority.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won’t be defeated in the polls on April 9. Whether he is indicted for corruption soon or not, his method of repressing Palestinian resistance is popular — and will probably outlast him in Israeli politics.
Israel has never extended democratic liberties to Palestinians. Now it is beginning to deny them to its Jewish citizens as well.
Imagining radical change in Palestine.