Conal Urquhart in Tel Aviv
The Guardian - Wednesday 24 December 2003
Chinese workers at a company in Israel have been forced to agree not to
have sex with or marry Israelis as a condition of getting a job.
According to a contact they are required to sign, male workers may
not have any contact with Israeli women - including prostitutes, a
police spokesman, Rafi Yaffe, said.
He said there was nothing illegal about the requirement and that no investigation had been opened.
An Israeli lawyer who did not want to be named said while the
contract might appear legal, it would be rejected if challenged in
court. "The point is that a Chinese worker will agree to anything and
then will not have anyone to help them if there is a problem," he said.
The labourers are also forbidden from engaging in any religious or
political activity. The contract states that offenders will be sent back
to China at their own expense.