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Project February 17, 2017

The Impacts of Privatization on Israelis and Palestinians

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Metal factory workers in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod strike after unionizing with the labor group, WAC Ma'an. Image by Miriam Berger. Israel, 2016.
Metal factory workers in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod strike after unionizing with the labor group, WAC Ma'an. Image by Miriam Berger. Israel, 2016.

Journalist Miriam Berger reports on the impact of privatization policies on Israeli and Palestinian security, labor, and welfare sectors—among the most important, and overlooked, developments shaping Israel-Palestine today.

With the peace process at a stalemate and economic and political malaise deeply afflicting both sides, shifts in power between public and private hands are impacting Israelis and Palestinians in profound ways.

Through human-focused stories about these issues, Berger examines the crises behind the headlines that are too often lost in the standard violence-driven narratives. Her reporting focuses on the privatization of Israeli checkpoints around the Palestinian Territories, the decline in the welfare state and Israel's housing crisis, and the rise in labor unionizing after decades of decline.

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