WFTU CONDEMNS BRUTAL ATTACKS BY ISRAELI ARMY ON HEADQUARTERS OF PRESIDENT YASSER ARAFAT AND THE RENEWED REPRESSION UNLEASHED ON PALESTINE WORKERS AND PEOPLE25 September 2002
The World Federation of Trade Unions strongly condemns the brutal military attacks by the Israeli armed forces on the headquarters of President Yasser Arafat and the intensified repressive measures against the Palestine workers and people. The WFTU calls for concerted action by the international community to secure the implementation of the latest UN Security Council resolution calling for the “expeditious withdrawal of the Israeli occupying forces from Palestinian cities”.
The General Federation of Palestinian Workers (GFPW) has drawn international attention to the Israeli army attack on 17 September on its workers‘ housing projects in Ramallah and Al Biera, with a number of tanks, bulldozers and other weapons, destroying 34 housing units, and beating up and terrorising the workers and citizens there.
The WFTU calls upon the UN Security Council to take immediate actions to stop these gross violations of international law and the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and insist on the total and unconditional withdrawal of Israel from all occupied Arab territories and the deployment of an international protection force to protect the lives of the Palestinian people living in these territories.
The WFTU appeals to trade unions and democratic forces in all countries to denounce these impermissible acts of aggression and repression unleashed by the Israeli ruling circles and further intensify their solidarity with the workers and people of Palestine and the Arab people living in Israeli occupied territories.