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Bedouins excluded from Israel’s high-tech industry

Israelis who are employed by high-tech companies live a comfortable life, which Bedouin youths can only dream of.
Houses in the unrecognized bedouin village of Sawaneen are seen, southern Negev Desert, Israel, June 8, 2021.

One of the sharpest criticisms facing Israel’s high-tech industry is that it is not inclusive enough. Its professional success, and even more so its economic success, remains limited to a very small sector of the population, mostly from the privileged classes. In this particular sector, salaries are often high, benefits are good, and when there is a successful “exit” — selling of a startup to a much larger high-tech company — many employees who received options or stock, suddenly find themselves rich.

Galit Hemi, editor of Calcalist, wrote about this phenomenon: “The fast, big money is shaking up the real estate market and leading to rising prices in other sectors of the economy. Gaps between the haves and have-nots are expanding, with most workers — the vast majority of workers, in fact, including the most talented, experienced, veteran and educated workers — getting left behind. They are unable to keep up with the rising prices.’’

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