Meet Israel's Garbage Collectors: Mahmoud, 15, and Ahmed, 17: No Choice

For more than a month Haaretz followed the collectors of scrap metal, empty bottles and other waste. Here are their stories.

Mahmoud and Ahmed scurry around in the garbage, now becoming a sweltering mush under the broiling sun. The two wear identical shirts from the Israel Police. “We found them in the garbage of the Jews,” 15-year-old Mahmoud says. “Those are mine” ? he points to seven sacks packed with iron refuse. “And those are mine,” his older brother, Ahmed, 17, says, indicating nine sacks arranged in orderly fashion...