Child Labor in Gaza
by annelaurenceb on November 12, 2014 - 11:38pm
In an article published in August 2014 in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs called "Under Israeli Siege, Gaza's Children Must Work Lest Their Families Starve", the subject of child labor in Gaza, Palestine is explored. Considering the current political situation with Israel, there are many restrictions in Gaza which brought lower standards for quality of life, such as the amount of food that can enter Gaza.
As a result of these policies, the children of Gaza must then work for their families’ survival. Even though there are Palestinian laws concerning child labor and that they are not supposed to work if the job has a high-risk level, they can’t be followed in the actual political and economic situation of Gaza. For example, Wael Mashrawi, who is 13 years old, has to work to support and feed his family (which contains 12 younger brothers) and because he is the oldest, he is the one who had to drop out of school and work twelve hours per day to earn about 9 cents per hour. Even though his conditions are horrible and he had no other option than work, he must continue to support his family that way.
Tens of thousands of children now need to work there to support their families, which brings up the question: "Is it ethical for children such as Wael Mashrawi to drop out and school and work in order to support their families which are in bad economic situations?" In conclusion, on a more general level, another ethical question, which is "When, if ever, is child labor ethical?" would be interesting to consider thinking about.
Here is a link to the article: http://www.wrmea.org/2014-august/gaza-on-the-ground-under-israeli-siege-...