The farmer boys at the Jaemor farm in northern Israel are wearing black.
The boys, all of them boys, say they don’t want to be ostracized, but they do want to have their own way.
The boys say they were born into the family of farmers in the village of Beit Hanina, near the Jordan Valley, in 1948.
The men who were farmers back then were not farmers today, the boys say.
But today, many of them are, and their work is of great importance.
In the village, a farmer named David is doing the work of his life.
He says he is not ashamed of his heritage.
“I came from a family that had farms, a family of black people,” David told Al Jazeera, adding that they were taught that black people are less trustworthy than other races.
“The idea that they could be less trustworthy, that’s just an idea, an ideology.
We have to accept that they are not as good, we have to learn how to be better, and that’s what we do,” David said.
He says he learned his craft as a child.
“In the beginning, they used to tell us: If you are a farmer you are not good.
If you were a thief you were bad,” David recalled.”
So when I was 10, when I turned 12, they started telling me that, ‘If you are black you are bad,’ because you are stealing.”
David was told that black farmers were considered criminals and that they shouldn’t be allowed to work, he said.
“They would say: ‘You are a criminal, you are robbing a village.’
I would say ‘Yes, I am stealing, but not for a while.
It’s okay, I’ll get it back.'”
But after I was caught, they would say, ‘You will be in prison for a long time.
You’ll be in the hospital for a lot of time.’
“After I was in prison, they said, ‘It is okay, you’re not a thief.
You’re not an animal, you’ll be okay.
We are the only ones who can help you.'”
I remember the day that I was 17, when they told me: ‘If I tell you that I am a thief, and I was a thief when I went out in the field and stole some wheat from you, you won’t get it.’
“That was the first time that I could be honest with them.”
For decades, David says, he worked as a farm laborer.
“We had a lot more freedom, a lot less discrimination, and it was better than being in the farm,” he said, referring to farming as a profession.
But in 2015, the Israeli government ordered the boys to leave the farm.
The village was a stronghold for the leftist Likud party.
“That is the reason why they went after me,” David explained.
“It was very difficult for me.
It was difficult to leave.
It took me two years.
“The idea of being black was something that was very, very difficult to accept.”‘”
You will not get it’The children have now left their farm and David says he doesn’t regret his decision to leave it. “
The idea of being black was something that was very, very difficult to accept.”‘
You will not get it’The children have now left their farm and David says he doesn’t regret his decision to leave it.
“If they had asked me before I left, I would have said yes,” David replied.
“But they wanted to leave me and said: ‘Why are you leaving?
We are trying to teach you a new way of life.'”
In Israel, I will never forget that.
The people that I know, they don�t have any friends in the world. They don�ts talk to anyone except their parents, their grandparents.
It is not possible.
David and his two brothers are still struggling to accept the new way they have been taught. “
But we will be happy, we will work together, and we will make it better.”
David and his two brothers are still struggling to accept the new way they have been taught.
“My brother, who is 12, he wants to become a farmer.
He is very intelligent.
He wants to go to college, and he wants his family to be proud.”
When I heard he is going to be a farmer, I thought: Oh my god, he will not go to university.
But he is trying.
“David said he is now planning to attend university and work as a farmer to help his family get by.