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PGFTU visits Congress

Issued on November 21, 2013 at 09:58 AM

Mohammed at EXCO 2 - Mohammed O M Amara from PGFTU and John Douglas, Congress President at EXCO meeting 20 Nov 2013
Mohammed O M Amara from PGFTU and John Douglas, Congress President at EXCO meeting 20 Nov 2013

The Executive Council of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions yesterday (20 November 2013) met with Dr. Mohammed O. M. Amara Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU). Dr Amara made a presentation to the EXCO in which he outlined the economic impact of the Israeli occupation, including devastating levels of unemployment, and the daily humiliation experienced by Palestinian workers seeking to travel to and from work. Dr Omara requested Irish Trade Unions to promote pressure on Israel in any available forum to obey international law by calling for sanctions on Israel and boycott of Israeli goods, especially of goods/ services from illegal settlements. He also sought our assistance in seeking an end of Israeli strangulation of the Palestinian economy and freedom of Palestinian economic activity in "Area C" in the West Bank. Dr Omara also suggested twinning initiatives between trade unions in Palestine and Ireland at all levels to promote practical projects in Palestine.

Later in Liberty Hall, at a meeting hosted by Trade Union Friends of Palestine (TUFP) and SADAKA, Dr Omara made an impassioned plea for ongoing trade union solidarity from Ireland. 

The meeting alo heard about the important economic role Area C could play in boosting the Palestinian economy from Philip O Connor (SADAKA Board member and member of TUFP). The World Bank  has pointed out that more than half the land in the West Bank, much of it agricultural and resource rich, is inaccessible to Palestinians and estimated the loss to the Palestinian economy at about $3.4billion.

Mags O Brien (Chair of TUFP) spoke about the impact of the occupation on Gaza, especially on fishing and agriculture.

See list of Israeli goods on website of Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign here  

Trocaire report on Settlement trade here