On November 9 and 10, factories and arms deliveries were disrupted across six countries, as part of international days of action against the export of arms to Israel, initiated by Palestinian unions.
Blockades led by trade unionists in factories and ports eighteen cities in Canada, the United States, Italy, Spain and Australia stressed the urgent need to end the transportation of weapons that perpetuate Israel’s war crimes. Days of action initiated by the coalition of unions Workers in Palestine come as international pressure mounts over Israel’s war crimes, its use of illegal weapons and its violations of the Genocide Convention.
Activists hung a banner on the Scottish Parliament reading: “Stop arming Israel” https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-67367577.amp
- Workers at Airbus, Getafe, Spain, demonstrated inside the factory with a banner reading “Airbus workers stand in solidarity with Palestine, no to arms sales to Israel.” https://x.com/cgtzonasur/status/1722210731091992604?s=46
- Trade unionists and activists demonstrated in front of the Israel Chemical Limited (ICL) mine. ICL supplies Monsanto (now Bayer) with phosphate for the production of white phosphorus then sold to Pine Bluff Arsenal (PBA) which assembles. https://x.com/proucomplicitat/status/1722727173558050855?s=46
- Unions representing all workers at the port of Barcelona signed the Palestinian unions’ appeal, declaring that they would not transport weapons to Israel and demanding an immediate ceasefire. https://x.com/ustp_portdebcn/status/1722575572981739845?s=46
In response to the Days of Action, Kayed Awad, secretary general of the Palestinian Transport Union said: “We salute dockworkers in Barcelona, Gene, as well as transport workers in Belgium for refusing to transport and handle weapons used to commit war crimes in Gaza, and for calling out all unions who campaign for freedom and justice to do the same. Unions have the power to influence and prevent the arms trade and war crimes being committed in Gaza. Long live the working class.”
“Palestinian workers are on the front lines in Gaza, saving lives and caring for communities amid incessant Israeli bombings and war crimes. We continue our duty and warmly salute those who act and work tirelessly to prevent the arms trade with Israel.” said Samira AA Hasanain, member of the General Union of Public Service Workers – Gaza (GUPSWT) and board member of the General Union of Palestinian Women (GUPW).
“The Palestinian unions thank all those who participated in the Days of Action on November 9 and 10 to end arms sales to Israel. Every group that blocks a weapons factory or prevents a weapons delivery saves lives.” said Nadia Habash, President of the Association of Engineers of Palestine.
“We are acting in solidarity with the Palestinian people here and abroad, but also, more broadly, against colonialism and in support of the indigenous people of Turtle Island,” said a striker from L3Harris Waterdown, Canada.
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Workers in Palestine brings together more than 30 Palestinian unions and professional associations who have launched a united call to end all complicity and stop arming Israel. Their unprecedented call comes in light of the intensifying Israeli assault on the Palestinian people in recent weeks, and particularly the ongoing genocide in Gaza.
Source: Workers in Palestine
LG translation for the Palestine Media Agency