Israeli Phone Center in Bedouin Mosque Reduces Arab Unemployment (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 05/08/12)
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Despite the prevalent allegations and misconceptions that Israel
discriminates against its Arab population, the Jewish state, in fact,
goes above and beyond in ensuring the success and happiness of its
Israel´s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, in conjunction with
the government-owned telecom company Bezeq, has launched a new
initiative to incorporate Bedouin Arab women into the workforce.
As a result of their suppressive patriarchal lifestyle, husbands and
fathers customarily prohibit their wives and daughters to go to work.
However, these restrictions were somewhat dispelled by housing the
new call center inside a mosque.
“Bedouin women would like to work, most of them, and they want to be
a part of the work market and to contribute to the economy of the
house alongside their husbands. But because there are no work places
in the villages and they are not able to work outside the villages,
this is preventing many of them from being a part of the work force,”
said Mahmoud Alamour, director of the center.
Now, dozens of women from one Bedouin town are earning a competitive
salary without breaking societal norms.
One of the woman told Al-Arabiya news that she is very happy working
for the Israeli company. "As a Bedouin woman I am so proud of myself
because as a Bedouin girl I started from zero," she said.
“I think I have no problem with this project and if I sometimes need
to go out of work in a specific time, like when a child is sick,
Bezeq helps me –- they allow us to go and tend to our children,” said
Manal Abu-keren, a Bezeq employee.
Many of the women see the new opportunity as a way to improve their
lots in life and hope to use their income to pay for future
Bezeq said they have been very pleased with the new call center and
intend to expand the initiative.
Several other Israeli companies are also reportedly planning to
target the Bedouin community with new jobs. (IsraelNationalNews ©
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