Arab Workers Union in Israel

NEWS

 

Dear Friends,

You will find below the statement issued by the Arab Workers Union regarding the situation in Palestine following the recent murder of a young child.

Please circulate this as widely as possible.

The statement is available in Arabic, French, English and Spanish, and will be sent to you by return in the language of your choice upon request to j-p.barrois@wanadoo.fr.


Arab Workers Union in Israel

The Arab Workers Union of Nazareth calls for the broadest possible mobilisation against the crimes perpetrated by the settlers.

The Arab Workers Union calls on the Palestinian population and the Palestinian workers to step up their efforts in protesting against the crimes perpetrated by the settlers in the West Bank.

The latest of such crimes was committed against a Palestinian family living in the village of Doma, south of Nablus, where a baby (Ali Dawabsha) was burnt alive together with his family.

We issue this appeal at a time when the number of demonstrations is increasing in the territory of Palestine that was occupied in 1948.

Hundreds of young Palestinians in the cities of Nazareth, Shafa-Amer and Haifa have taken to the streets and blocked the roads leading to the city of Tel-Aviv.

There have been clashes between those youths and the Israeli police.

A march by the Palestinian population of the 1948 territories has been called, starting from the citycentre of Jaffa, the town neighbouring Tel Aviv.

Nazareth

2 August 2015

INFORMATIONS DE PALESTINE

Chers amis,

Vous voudrez bien trouver ci-dessous le communiqué que le Syndicat des Travailleurs Arabes ( Arab Workers Union) a publié sur la situation en Palestine après le récent assassinat d’un jeune enfant.

N’hésitez pas à le faire circuler très largement.

Ce communiqué existe en Arabe, Français, Anglais , Espagnol et vous sera envoyé par retour dans la langue de votre choix sur demande à j-p.barrois@wanadoo.fr


Syndicat des Travailleurs Arabes

Arap Iscileri Send

The Arab Workers Union in Israel P.O. Box 2721, Nazareth 16126, Israel Tel: +972 (0)4 6001369; +972 (05) 7770134 Email: arab.workers.union48@gmail.com

Le Syndicat des Travailleurs Arabes – Nazareth – appelle à la plus large mobilisation contre les crimes perpétrés par les colons.

Le Syndicat des Travailleurs Arabes appelle la population palestinienne, les travailleurs palestiniens à intensifier leur protestation contre les crimes perpétrés par les colons en Cisjordanie.

Le dernier en date est le crime commis contre une famille palestinienne habitant le village de Doma au sud de Naplouse où un bébé ( Ali Dawabsha) a été brûlé vif avec sa famille.

Nous lançons cet appel au moment où les manifestations se multiplient en Palestine occupée en 1948.

Des centaines de jeunes palestiniens des villes de Nazareth, Shafa Amer et Haifa sont descendus dans la rue et ont coupé les routes vers la ville de Tel-Aviv.

Des affrontements ont lieu entre ces jeunes et la police israéliennes.

Une marche de la popupation Palestinienne des territoire de 48 a été convoquée à partir du centre ville de Yafa, une ville voisine de Tel-Aviv.

Nazareth le 2 Août 2015

PALESTINE: Appeal of Algeria’s UGTA and PT for the Unconditional, Total and Immediate Lifting of the Blockade of Gaza

To workers, to labour activists,

To defenders of democratic rights

 

Unconditional, total and immediate lifting of the blockade of Gaza

Immediate end to all war measures against Gaza

 

The peoples and workers of the whole world have been horrified by the killing and mass destruction inflicted by Israel and its army on Gaza and the whole of the Palestinian people, unleashing a deluge of fire that lasted 51 days. The macabre tally: 2,150 dead, around 12,000 seriously injured, 20,000 homes destroyed throwing 25 percent of Gaza’s inhabitants onto the street, all basic infrastructure destroyed (schools, hospitals, factories, roads, universities, etc.), resulting in the destruction of 200,000 jobs.

The peoples and workers of the whole world do not agree that the majority of western governments, beginning with the Obama administration, should arm and support Israel, which is guilty of genuine genocide.

The workers and peoples do not agree that several governments, especially a certain number of Arab regimes in the Middle East, should serve as accomplices in this crime against humanity.

Have the Palestinian people the right to live? Because what the Palestinian people are demanding is what the peoples of the whole world are demanding: land, peace, freedom and re-establishing their unity as a nation.

On every continent, notably in Europe, in the United States, in Latin America, in the Maghreb, in the Middle East, in Japan, Pakistan, South Africa and elsewhere, powerful demonstrations bringing together tens of thousands – sometimes hundreds of thousands – of workers and youth have demanded an end to the killing, an end to the bombing, and the lifting of the blockade that has been strangling Gaza since 2006.

And while Israeli Jews were also demonstrating in their thousands in Tel Aviv to condemn the war on Gaza, hundreds and hundreds of Jewish survivors of the Nazi genocide and their descendants in Europe and the United States declared:

“As Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors and victims of the Nazi genocide we unequivocally condemn the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza and the ongoing occupation and colonization of historic Palestine. (…)

Nothing can justify bombing UN shelters, homes, hospitals and universities. Nothing can justify depriving people of electricity and water. We must raise our collective voices and use our collective power to bring about an end to all forms of racism, including the ongoing genocide of Palestinian people. (…)

“Never again” must mean NEVER AGAIN FOR ANYONE!”

They are right. And the international mobilisation has helped the Palestinian people, through their resistance, to force Israel to take a step back, including a partial lifting of the blockade and ending the bombing.

But the Israeli aggression against the battered people Palestinian is continuing through mass arrests, assassinations, incursions by the Israeli army, the continuation of the blockade and the confiscation of Palestinian land in order to extend the Jewish settlements, while starving and ghettoising the Palestinian populations even further. This at a time when the inhabitants of Gaza, which is completely devastated, find themselves in total destitution, deprived of a roof over their head, of food, water and electricity – in short, facing death.

The General Union of Algerian Workers (UGTA) and the Workers Party (PT), which in Algeria are organising the labour and popular mobilisation in defence of Gaza, solemnly appeal to all the organisations of the international labour movement, from north to south and from east to west, to all activists, to all defenders of democratic rights, to all defenders of peace and fraternity between peoples:

– Let us together demand the satisfaction of the vital aspirations of the Palestinian people,

– Let us support the unanimous aspiration of the Palestinian people: “We do not want to die a slow death.”

There can be no peace without the unconditional, total and immediate lifting of the blockade, without the rebuilding of the factories, infrastructure and homes that have been destroyed, without the unconditional re-establishment of the right to fish, without the right to have ports and an airport, without the means for hospitals and schools to operate, without the right to work, the right of smallholders to cultivate their land, the right to electricity and water…

There can be no peace without an end to the repression, without the freeing of the detainees, who include 262 children, many women and people who are ill.

We say: it is the particular responsibility of the organisations of the labour movement throughout the world to put an end to the helping hand provided by every government that supports Israel, its army, and their murderous frenzy.

On this basis, we call for every necessary initiative to be taken to achieve an end to this murderous frenzy. (14 September 2014)

Abdelmadjid Sidi Saïd

General Secretary, UGTA

Vice-President of the Organisation of African Trade Union Unity

 

Louisa Hanoune

General Secretary, PT

 

 

Important Fissures Develop in U.S. Labor Movement Over Israel’s Bombings and Blockade of Gaza

— Alan Benjamin1

A new situation is developing in the U.S. labor movement in the aftermath of the U.S.-funded Israeli bombing and ground onslaught against Gaza and its people — an onslaught which to date has killed more than 2,000 Palestinians (largely women and children), left more than 9,500 severely injured, rendered up to 400,000 people homeless, and decimated Gaza’s agriculture and industry.

With each passing day the protest actions against Israel’s bombings and blockade of Gaza have increased in size, as growing numbers of working people and youth, witnessing the scope of the horrors in Gaza, are becoming more critical of the U.S. government’s backing of Israel. This is new. Popular support for the Israeli State has been largely uncontested till now.

Speaking at a mass rally of more than 50,000 people in Washington, D.C., on August 2, Carol Gay, president of the New Jersey State Industrial Union Council and National Steering Committee member of the Labor Fightback Network, expressed the growing sentiment developing across the country, stating:

“As workers, we are here in solidarity with ALL Palestinians — in Gaza, in the West Bank, and with Palestinian refugees scattered around the world. We are here to loudly denounce the U.S. government’s unquestioning support for Israel. This unthinking, blind support for Israel is immoral and illegal. . . .

“These INDISCRIMINATE attacks are not only collective punishment, but are clearly part of a plan for ethnic cleansing. . . . We are here to demand that Obama, John Kerry, and Congress force Israel to stop the bombing, end the blockade of Gaza, halt the settlement expansion, and end the occupation now!

“Does the U.S. have the power to do this? YES, by stopping all aid to Israel. Yes, by stopping the flow of billions of our tax dollars to fund the occupation. We say: Not another nickel, not another dime. We refuse to pay for Israel’s crimes.”

The Labor Fightback Network is a coalition of labor officials and activists who have come together to fight to preserve the independence of the trade union movement and to advance a fightback strategy by workers and their unions against the corporate assault on their jobs, rights, and gains.

– For its part, U.S. Labor Against the War, the national antiwar coalition of unions and labor activists, issued a statement on August 12 titled “Collective Punishment Is a War Crime, Not a Path to Peace.” Characterizing the “siege of Gaza and occupation of Palestine [as] illegal,” the USLAW statement called for lifting the blockade of Gaza, adding that “collective punishment of the civilian population of Gaza is illegal.”

USLAW also called for ending the bombings and attacks on Gaza, noting that:

“71% of almost 1,960 known Palestinian casualties were civilians. Residents of Gaza have no shelters. When they have sought refuge at designated UN shelters, they were no safer. Israel has bombed or shelled 230 schools (of which 25 were totally destroyed), 29 hospitals and health centers (5 hospitals had to close), Gaza’s only power plant (inoperable), water and sewage treatment infrastructure, and three UN civilian shelters, the locations of which had been provided to the Israeli government. Israel declared almost half of all of Gaza as a “buffer” (free fire) zone in which any Palestinian is assumed to be a belligerent.”

USLAW went on to underscore the responsibility of the U.S. government in the massacres being perpetrated in Gaza, stating that:

“The U.S. gives Israel $3.1 billion annually, much of which goes for bombs, missiles and weapons used in attacks like those taking place in Gaza now. The U.S. underwrites 25% of Israel’s military budget. . . . Our government is committed to provide another $3.1 billion every year until 2018. In FY2015, aid to Israel proposed by President Obama will constitute about 55% of all U.S. military aid worldwide.

“Billions of dollars the U.S. gives annually to support Israel’s military and illegal occupation could be better spent putting our country back to work, repairing the social safety net, building affordable housing, developing sustainable energy alternatives, rebuilding crumbling infrastructure, investing in education, providing healthcare and innumerable other ways that improve our standard of living.”

This call by the National Steering Committee of USLAW is unprecedented in the U.S. labor movement, which has long been beholden to the Israeli lobby via the national leadership of the AFL-CIO and its Jewish Labor Committee.

Soon after the USLAW statement was made public, a number of local unions and labor councils began passing resolutions calling for ending the Israeli bombings and attacks on Gaza, lifting the Israeli/Egyptian blockade of Gaza, and ending all U.S. military funding to Israel.

– The Alameda County [Oakland, Calif.] Central Labor Council (AFL-CIO) was the first local council out the gate, stating:

“According to the UN, more than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed and more than 6,300 have been wounded. Three-quarters of the Palestinian casualties have been civilians. Almost half are women and children. On average, five children have been killed or wounded every hour since the assault began.

“Targeting civilian populations, homes, hospitals, schools, water, sanitation and power infrastructure constitutes collective punishment. These are war crimes under international law.

“On July 13, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu virtually rejected a Two-State solution when he declared, ‘There cannot be a situation, under any agreement in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan’.” (Haaretz, July 16, 2014)

“At the time of the massive Israeli attack on Gaza in 2009 that killed more than 1,400 Palestinians, U.S. Labor Against the War, with which Alameda Labor Council is affiliated, said: We reject the use of military means to resolve international conflicts. The road to peace and security can never be paved with war.

“We are guided by the belief that international working class solidarity offers a path to mutual understanding and peace.

“We agree.

“Genocide suffered by the Jewish people does not entitle the Israeli State to perpetrate gross human rights violations, seize property, destroy homes and farms, set up illegal settlements, and impose apartheid-like conditions on Palestinians or lay siege to Gaza.”

– On August 25, 2014, the Delegates’ Meeting of the San Francisco Labor Council (AFL-CIO) adopted a resolution expressing the Council’s “strong opposition to the bombings and attacks in Gaza.”

After acknowledging the “mobilizations against the bombings of Gaza organized by the trade union movement internationally,” the Council went on to “salute the statement issued July 31, 2014, by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) — the international labor body to which is the AFL-CIO is affiliated — when it calls for . . . an end to the blockade imprisoning 1.9 million people.”

The Council concluded by “applauding the effort of the International Transport Federation to deliver medical supplies and other humanitarian relief to Gaza,” adding that “together with the ITUC, we call for lifting the blockade of Gaza. . . .”

These fissures in the house of labor are important. They need to be widened with new resolutions and statements adopted by union bodies nationwide calling for an immediate end to the Israeli bombings of Gaza and the immediate lifting of the blockade.

  1. http://socialistorganizer.org/important-fissures-develop-in-u-s-labor-movement-over-israels-bombings-and-blockade-of-gaza/ []