Prof. Ilan Pappe
Ex-University of Haifa school of Political Sciences
Now, Professor of History, Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies and Co-Director for the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies, University of Exeter, UK
- Published on Friday, 07 September 2012 18:37
Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) said in a press release that next week, the Trades Union Congress, which represents 6.5 million workers in the UK, will vote on a motion to express solidarity with Palestinians living in Gaza.
The motion builds on existing TUC policy to boycott companies which profit from Israel's illegal occupation, settlements and wall (passed in 2010 and 2011). Successful consumer pressure has already seen most supermarkets in Britain remove settlement produce from their shelves.
Tabled by the Communication Workers Union, and seconded by the PCS, the motion P76 notes the call from 50 international charities and UN Agencies to end Israel's blockade on Gaza, and violations of international law affecting 1.6 million Palestinians, over half of whom are children. It also instructs the TUC General Council to 'organise a delegation to Gaza, in conjunction with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, to determine how the TUC may most effectively contribute to the end of the blockade'.
Hugh Lanning, PSC Chair, and Deputy General Secretary of PCS union, said:
'After visiting Gaza a few months ago, I was inspired by the determination and hope of Palestinians living in Gaza. The message from Gaza to the international community is clear: they want an end to Israel's brutal siege, and they want to be able to live with dignity and hope in a Free Palestine. 80 per cent of the population are aid-dependent, and sending a trade union delegation to Gaza is an important step in breaking the isolation that has been enforced upon the 1.6 million Palestinians living there.'
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign will also be holding a fringe meeting at lunchtime on Tuesday 11 September, with a wide range of key trade union figures, to discuss how trade unions can build solidarity with Palestine.*
Nada al-Nashif, ILO's Regional Director for the Arab States, described the situation of workers in Gaza as"one of the worst in the region and the world". He said that "Gaza's growing youth population has a right to better work opportunities and growth with equity. They need decent jobs, a minimum of social protection and respect for their basic rights to ensure a life of dignity."
**Palestine Solidarity Campaign's fringe meeting at lunchtime on Tuesday 11 September, Syndicate 4 inside the Brighton Centre. Speakers include Len McCluskey, General Secretary Unite the Union; Christine Blower, General Secretary NUT; Billy Hayes, General Secretary CWU; Mick Whelan, General Secretary ASLEF; Chris Tansley, President UNISON; Prof Ilan Pappe, Director Exeter Uni Centre for Palestine Studies; Mezna Qato, Palestinian history scholar at Oxford University; Owen Tudor, TUC; Sarah Colborne, Director Palestine Solidarity Campaign; Chair: Hugh Lanning – Deputy General Secretary PCS
Wikipedia: The Palestine News Network (PNN) is an Arabic language media network run by Palestinians in the Palestinian Territories (West Bank and Gaza). It operates under the charitable organization the Holy Land Trust and is based in Bethlehem in the West Bank. It reports on all Palestine related news both abroad and domestic. It cooperates with the International Middle East Media Center which translates its reports into English, French and German for international, non-Arabic speaking public. It also has English, French and German language web pages run by foreign volunteer teams.