Friday, April 5, 1985
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
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Haifa's Paris Square
BY CARL ALPERT
Special to The Jewish News
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Haifa — Paris Square, in
downtown Haifa, got its name in
tribute to the French engineers
who built the city's underground
cable car, the Carmelit, which
commences its climb up the side of
the mountain from the first sta-
But Paris Square is certainly
not as romantic or continental as
the name might lead one to be-
lieve. It is in a disreputable, run-
down part of the city, just off the
so-called Turkish Market, and a
stone's throw from the flea mar-
ket. The colorful human types
who pass through may give it an
exotic appearance, but the neg-
lected old stone houses, the semi-
ruined buildings and shabby
stores are certainly not on the
same planet with the Champs
Yet for a few hours each day,
Paris Square is the scene of a
gripping human drama which has
its roots in some of the most vital
poltical, economic and social prob-
lems of the State of Israel.
Almost at the first light of
dawn, shadowy figures begin to
gather. They are Arabs who have
come in with the first morning
buses, some from Galilee villages
like Tamra, Shfaram, Iblin and
Majd Al Krum. Some are from
Nazareth. Others come from
Jenin or nearby villages • in
Samaria, all crossing into Israel
on the same mission: a search for
They lean on the iron railing
behind the Carmelit, or squat on
the sidewalks around the square.
Some are in Western dress.
Others wear the Arab headgear,
the kheffiyah, black and white
checked, or red and white
checked, in the style of the Jorda-
Prospective employers are not
slow in coming. A contractor who
has to meet a construction dead-
line, a restaurant owner who
needs two emergency dis-
hwashers, a private citizen who
has to move a heavy refrigerator
from one house to another — all
share their need for working
hands which will not reject a task
no matter how heavy, how dif-
ficult or how dirty.
None of the workers make any
attempt to look "desirable." Most
are unshaved and uncombed. This
is no beauty contest. The "adon"
wants muscles strong enough to
carry concrete blocks up four
flights, all day long. The youngest
and the huskiest get taken first.
The slight of build and the elderly
are left for last — sometimes day
It is an open market. A small
pickup truck pulls over at the side
of the street. Five, a dozen, 20 of
the men make a dash, surround-
ing the car and offering their serv-
The youngest and
huskiest get taken
first. The slight of
build and the elderly
are left for last —
sometimes day after
ices. They grasp the handles of the
door, and seek to enter and seat
themselves, a fait accompli which
means they're hired for the day.
The experienced driver pulls
away from the crowd and opens
the door only for the character
who looks most desirable for the
work that has to be done. There is
no point to inquiring about skills.
They will all claim to be adept at
everything. Sonie of the Arabs
shout in Hebrew: "Look, re-
member me? You took me last
week. I can do the work well."
A private car pulls up — only
one laborer is wanted, and that for
a short while. Perhaps some
heavy work around the house.
One contractor, who takes five
men in his truck, admits he is not
happy. "I'd just as soon take
Jewish workers and pay them the
legal rate; but no one else wants to
load trucks with stones or do simi-
The prospective workers carry
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