Gaza: Graphing 5 years of closure

June 2012 / Gisha / Graphing 5 years of closure In the past five years since Hamas’ takeover of Gaza, Israel’s policy of closure on the Strip has undergone important changes. Today Gaza is more opened up towards the outside world, however sweeping and indiscriminate restrictions on travel and on movement of goods between Gaza…

The Churches, Palestine and BDS

3 October 2012 / Electronic Intifada / BDS key to a “just peace,” says Palestinian Christian boycott activist Over three years since the Kairos Palestine Document was published in 2009, and it has “infused church-based activism for Palestine with focus and clarity. Church websites and newspaper editorial pages were filled with debates on apartheid and…

Palestine and the UK trade unions

 24 September 2012 / Electronic Intifada / Why Palestine is a key issue for UK trade unions A debate and vote at Britain’s Trades Union Congress (TUC) on 11 September marked another watershed moment for solidarity with Palestine. The motion called for a delegation to Gaza to be organized by the Trades Union Congress in…

ITUC Annual Trade Union Survey 2012

The 2012 International Trade Union Confederation’s Annual Survey of violations of trade union rights has been published on the ITUC website.  The annual survey provides important information about trade union rights in law, in practice and violations of those rights. Palestine survey: The exercise of freedom of association remains very difficult for most Palestinian workers, especially…

Palestine solidarity motion put to UK union congress

11 September 2012 (UK): Moving motion 76 on Palestine solidarity – Communications Workers Union (CWU), UK “For more than 5 years now, the Palestinian people living in the Gaza Strip have been subject to a siege by land, sea and air. … There is no shortage of formal support for the lifting of the siege.…