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Int’l journalist union calls for release of Palestinian journalists

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called on the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and the Hamas government in the Gaza strip to release Palestinian journalists who have been arbitrarily detained by their respective security forces. “We condemn…

British Foreign Secretary statement on Israel boycotts

Britain’s Foreign Secretary David Miliband has expressed dismay that motions calling for boycotts of Israel are being discussed by trade union congresses and conferences. In a statement published on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website Mr Milband said: ‘The Government…

Spotlight interview with Amna Abdel Jabbar Mafarja (PGFTU – Palestine)

A member of the PGFTU(*) executive bureau and president of the agriculture and food industry union, Amna Abdel Jabbar Mafarja talks to ITUC Online about Palestinian women’s twofold struggle: against Israeli colonisation and fundamentalism. She underlines the progress made inside…

State of the union

An editorial in this week’s – Australian Jewish News discusses the Australian Council of Trade Unions decision, taken at their Congress earlier this month, to adopt a balanced position on Palestine/Israel and reject the boycottist ideology seemingly popular in trade…

Australian trade unions back engagement stance on Israel/Palestine

The Australian trade union movement has returned to its traditional position of taking a moderate and balanced stance on the hotly contested issue of Israel-Palestine. “ The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) Congress – the highest decision making body…

Three Palestinian Unions welcome Obama’s speech

The Government Workers Union, the Health Workers Union and the Teachers Union issued a press release welcoming the Cairo speech of the US president, Barack Obama, especially his statements on the two-state solution, rejecting settlements, and calling for ending the…