Trade unionists from across the world called for the end of the Israeli government’s “murderous policy” of continued bombing in Gaza which has left over 100 people dead.
In an unrelenting military offensive, the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) has conducted over 800 bombing raids leaving 120 dead, 23 of them children and 670 injured.
Despite international condemnation and warnings today from the UN that further bombing could violate international law, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has insisted his government would not bow to pressure, refusing to rule out further escalation.
The World Federation of Trade Unions – representing over 90 million workers across the world -pledged its “internationalist solidarity to the Palestinian people.”
A statement read: “We denounce the murderous policy of the Israeli Government, the attacks, the kidnappings and the expansion of the settlements in the Palestinian territories.
“There is no law or argument that can make these bloody attacks acceptable.
“The blood of the innocent and the injustice over the Palestinian people is not only in the hands of the Zionist Israel but also those who support it like the USA and the European Union and those who do not do anything to put an end in their torment.
“We express our solidarity, support and brotherhood to the WFTU affiliate the GUPW, to the Palestinian workers and the Palestinian people for a free, independent and sovereign Palestine.”
Britain’s biggest trade union, Unite spoke out against the continuing attacks.
General secretary Len McCluskey said: “There will be no peace and no justice unless the root causes of the conflict are addressed.
The roots of the conflict lie in Israel’s decades-long illegal occupation of the West Bank, the building of illegal settlements in the occupied territories, the forced take-over of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, and the effective establishment of an apartheid system that systematically removes the most basic human rights of Palestinians,”
10,000 people took part in peace demonstration in London yesterday organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, calling for an immediate end to the bombing and seige of the Gaza Strip.