David Vaaknin

Bridging the Border for U.S. News & World Report

Commission for U.S. News and World Report

Author: Sara Toth Stub

Photo Editor: Avi Gupta


Photos for a story about Jordanian workers crossing the border each day to work in hotels around Eilat, Israel’s southernmost city. A program between Israel and Jordan aims to fill the town’s labor shortage by allowing Jordanians into Eilat. However, Israeli government regulations limit them to cleaning jobs, forbids overnight stays and restricts access to only their places of employment. Read the story online


Jordanian workers wait for their transport outside the Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal in Eilat southern Israel
After crossing the border from Jordan into Israel, Jordanian workers wait for their transport to pick them up, outside the Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 15, 2018.
Jordanian workers wait for their transport outside the Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal in Eilat southern Israel
After crossing the border from Jordan into Israel, Jordanian workers wait for their transport to pick them up, outside the Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 15, 2018.
buses transport Jordanian workers to various hotels from the Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal in Eilat southern Israel
After crossing the border from Jordan into Israel, Jordanian workers wait for their transport to pick them up, outside the Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 15, 2018., on March 15, 2018.
Vacationers play games and enjoy the beach in Eilat Israel Red Sea
Vacationers play games and enjoy the beach in Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, on March 15, 2018.
The Jordanian city of Aqaba and surrounding mountains provide the backdrop to vacationers bathing and enjoying the beach in Eilat
Across the border from Eilat, the Jordanian city of Aqaba and surrounding mountains provide the backdrop to vacationers bathing and enjoying the beach in Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, on March 14, 2018.
An unidentified Jordanian employee tends to a room of the Isrotel Royal Garden Hotel in Eilat
An unidentified Jordanian employee tends to a room of the Isrotel Royal Garden Hotel in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 14, 2018.
An unidentified Jordanian employee tends to a room of the Isrotel Royal Garden Hotel in Eilat
An unidentified Jordanian employee is seen after tending to a room of the Isrotel Royal Garden Hotel in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 14, 2018.
Jordanian employee from Aqaba are seen cleaning the kitchen of the Isrotel Lagoona Hotel in Eilat southern Israel
Ahmed Elshuk (center), 37, a Jordanian employee from Amman and Muhammad Alsawi (left), 28, a Jordanian employee from Aqaba are seen cleaning the kitchen of the Isrotel Lagoona Hotel in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 14, 2018.
Vacationers enjoy the beach in Eilat Israel
Vacationers enjoy the beach in Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, on March 14, 2018.
People enjoy a view of Eilat's coastline the Red Sea and the Jordanian city of Aqaba and surrounding mountains in the background on the beach in Eilat
People enjoy a view of Eilat's coastline, the Red Sea, and the Jordanian city of Aqaba and surrounding mountains in the background on the beach in Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, on March 15, 2018.
Children play in the city center of Eilat Israel
Children play in the city center of Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, on March 15, 2018.
A Jordanian employee from Aqaba poses for a portrait at Club Hotel Eilat Israel
Oday Almarayeh, 27, a Jordanian employee from Aqaba, poses for a portrait at Club Hotel Eilat, a suites hotel in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 15, 2018.
A Jordanian employee from Aqaba poses for a portrait at Club Hotel Eilat Israel
Yazan Abu Addi, 23, a Jordanian employee from Aqaba, poses for a portrait at Club Hotel Eilat, a suites hotel in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 15, 2018.
A Jordanian employee from Aqaba poses for a portrait at Club Hotel Eilat Israel
Yousf Bierat, 22, a Jordanian employee from Aqaba, poses for a portrait at Club Hotel Eilat, a suites hotel in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 15, 2018.
A Jordanian employee from Amman poses for a portrait at Club Hotel Eilat Israel
Yazan Sawen, 20, a Jordanian employee from Amman, poses for a portrait at Club Hotel Eilat, a suites hotel in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 15, 2018.
Jordanian workers make their way into the Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal in Eilat southern Israel before crossing the border back into Jordan
Jordanian workers make their way into the Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal in Eilat, southern Israel, before crossing the border back into Jordan, at the end of their workday, on March 14, 2018.
People enjoy a night out on the main promenade in the city center of Eilat Israel
People enjoy a night out on the main promenade in the city center of Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, on March 14, 2018.
An Israeli soldier on vacation is seen carrying an assault rifles during a night out on the main promenade in the city center of Eilat Israel
An Israeli soldier on vacation is seen carrying an assault rifles during a night out on the main promenade in the city center of Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, on March 14, 2018.
People enjoy a night out on the main promenade in the city center of Eilat Israel
People enjoy a night out on the main promenade in the city center of Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, on March 14, 2018.
People enjoy a night out on the main promenade in the city center of Eilat Israel
People enjoy a night out on the main promenade in the city center of Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, on March 14, 2018.
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