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Palestine Solidarity Statement

18 May 2021 01:51

We, as General Secretary and President of the IWGB (Independent Workers Union of Great Britain), send our solidarity to workers taking part in the Palestinian General Strike.

As trade unionists, we believe that international solidarity is a key part of our movement. The IWGB has a proud history of standing on the side of the exploited and oppressed. Over the past 73 years Palestinians have faced ethnic cleansing, occupation, and now live under a system of Israeli Apartheid. More recently, we have seen the forced evictions in Sheikh Jarrah, the attacks on the al-Aqsa Mosque, and the brutal bombing of Gaza. We stand with the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom, justice, and equality.

We call on the UK government to demand an immediate end to Israel’s military action and illegal occupation. As Italian dockworkers have shown by refusing to load arms bound for Israel, material support for Israel can be undermined by worker action.

In the IWGB, we will now debate what we can do to support the Palestinian struggle. We know that the UK government, companies, and many employers profit from and support Israel’s actions. We will be discussing how Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) can be applied in our workplaces, sectors, and communities.

We call on others across the labour movement to take a stand, show solidarity, and join the National Demonstration for Palestine in London on Saturday 22nd of May.

All power to the Palestinian General Strike!

In Solidarity,

Henry Chango Lopez, General Secretary, IWGB

Alex Marshall, President, IWGB

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