Ghetto Economy

To workers every were in this world,

To all trade unions representing the workers and leading the workers struggle for their rights,

In this day, the day of labour struggle and internationalism of the working class against class oppression and exploitation and all forms of racism and racial discrimination, the Palestinian New Federation of Trade Unions (PNFTU) salutes all those workers and trade unions that are with us in the struggle for workers rights and against capitalism and neoliberalism. We wish your struggles success, so that we advance together towards a world of peace, justice and equality away from wars, colonialism and savage globalization and the increase of right wing governments and forces as well as austerity policies across the globe can be defeated.

Today, a first mass demonstration against the social security law that has been issued by president Abu Mazen and is supposed to come into force on April 21 has shown an overwhelming opposition among the Palestinian population to the policies of the Palestinian National Authority. After the mobilization of the teachers union at the beginning of this year, this is the second time Palestinian masses are out on the streets against the policies of the PNA.

Saturday, March 26, the Palestine New Federation of Trade Unions (New Unions) have celebrated their official recognition as trade union federation by the Palestinian authorities and at the same time have held their annual congress, voting for a new union council and executive committee. The New Unions unite today  26 trade unions in all of the 10 West Bank districts and represent around 10 000 workers from all sectors.

Koos Mohammed interviewed among others Mazen al Azzeh, an activist in the Stop the Wall Campaign from Bethlehem district, about the uphill task of building a boycott of Israeli goods in a condition of completely captive market, such as the West Bank and Gaza. 

Sireen Khudairi was stopped by Israeli soldiers on her way home from university. After four months she was released. There had been no trial. When she asked the interrogators what she was accused of, the answer was: «That you have to tell us».


The Israeli policies to ethnically cleanse the Palestinian Bedouin communities from the Jordan Valley and the area east of Jerusalem include the construction of three apartheid-style townships. Once expelled, these communities should be relocated there. However, in the last weeks Palestinian campaigners and Bedouin communities have made great advances to obstruct this plan: They have directly targeted the companies involved in the construction of the two townships currently being developed.

The latest aggressive military attack on Gaza since 7th July 2014, increased a boycott of Israeli produce in the West Bank. The BDS (Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions) movement was founded in 2005, when more than 170 Palestinians civil society organizations called on people across the globe to hold Israel accountable and isolate it until it implements international law and ends its violations of Palestinian human rights. 


The video poem beneath is entitled Wala. It speaks to the lives of thousands of Palestinian workers facing the daily oppression of the Israeli apartheid system, its walls, checkpoints and inhumane treatment and exploitation of Palestinian labour.


Building upon the popular anger that rejects being turned into beggars who are preoccupied with making a living instead of our national struggle, Palestinians for Dignity calls upon you to join a mass march to demand:
Social justice and the termination of the Paris Economic Protocol
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 5:00pm
at the Manara Square in Ramallah

In the framework of a series of events organized by the Grassroots Campaign to Boycott Israeli Goods including participation from some national political figures and representatives of local youth groups, a mass march was held in the streets and supermarkets in the city of Hebron on Monday, August 15, 2011. Lifting of the organizers, waving of participants' banners, and chanting slogans urged citizens to boycott all goods and products from Israel.

This fact sheet gives a concise summary of Stop the Wall's economic analysis, within which we clarify how the dominant approach to investment and development in Palestine serves to strengthen the Wall, checkpoints and military closures, creating “sustainable” ghettos in the West Bank. Clarified are the roles of the PNA, the World Bank and DFID (and other international donors), along with three key development projects in Bethlehem, Jenin and the Jordan Valley that evidence the dangers inherent in this approach to development.

Development or Normalisation? A critique of West Bank development approaches and projects is the first report that examines in detail the economic and political implications of the most recent development schemes and the role international institutions have in shaping the development programme of the Fayyad government.

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Executive Summary

The recent report from the World Bank, An Update on Palestinian Movement, Access and Trade in the West Bank and Gaza, vividly illustrates the damage that is being done to Palestinian people and trade by the ongoing occupation. It further highlights the extent to which the World Bank is complicit with Israel's designs to enclose Palestinians behind the Apartheid Wall.

As world leaders gather in Scotland for the G8 summit, the Palestinian people and solidarity groups across the world will mark the first anniversary of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling on the Apartheid Wall. The court, having taken up the popular appeals from Palestine, stipulated that the Wall is illegal and must be dismantled while directing the international community “not to render aid or assistance in maintaining the situation created by [the Wall’s] construction”.


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