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International Labor Conference: Unemployment rates in Palestine have reached 50%, the highest in the world

Muhammad Saafan, Minister of Manpower, participated in the International Forum of Solidarity with the Workers and People of Palestine through the electronic platform “Zoom” as part of the work of the 109th session of the International Labor Conference, which will be held virtually from 3 to 19 June, in the presence of Fayez Al-Mutairi, Director-General of the Labor Organization. Arab League and a group of Arab ministers, and representatives of business owners and workers.

At the beginning of the meeting, a documentary film was shown for some violations against the workers and people of Palestine, which clarified that the number of laborers in Palestine is currently 150 thousand workers, representing 20% ​​of the Palestinian workforce. Israel deliberately employs 40% of them without work permits, In the absence of the minimum requirements for a decent life that they need.

The video also showed that the majority of Palestinian workers work in the construction sector, equivalent to 65% of the size of the workforce, which is the most dangerous sector among the different labor sectors. The video showed that during the year 2020, the vast majority of deaths and work injuries that occurred among the Palestinian workers were concentrated. 47 workers died, 7,000 others were injured, and workers lost more than 40% of their salaries to illegal labor brokers, representing one billion shekels annually.

For his part, the Director of the Arab Labor Organization called for supporting employment in Palestine and reducing unemployment rates, which reached 50% of the workforce, which is the highest in the world, and supporting the national strategy for employment, which was prepared in cooperation with the International Labor Organization through the Donors Support Conference. Representatives of governments, business owners and trade unions condemn the Israeli occupation and support the right of self-determination for the Palestinian people.


In turn, Fayez Al-Mutairi, Director-General of the Arab Labor Organization, thanked Nasri Abu Jaish, Palestinian Minister of Labor, Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labor Organization, representatives of employers and workers at the conference, and Arab and international organizations and bodies, stressing that it is not necessary to be a Palestinian to love Palestine, so love it It comes by instinct with birth. There are international laws, norms, and UN resolutions that are disregarded. Ethnic cleansing continues in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhoods and Batn al-Hawa neighborhoods, with the help of extremist militias to forcibly evict neighborhoods, according to false and invalid decisions, and the punishment for those who stand before them is arrest and murder.

Al-Mutairi added that the Corona pandemic and its various economic and social repercussions worsened the situation, adding that the total and partial closure and curfew measures added more economic pressures in light of the scarcity of resources, as well as the siege of the means of production, the high pace of settlements and the confiscation of land and natural resources, which led to the loss of many workers their jobs, which led to high rates of unemployment and poverty.

Al-Mutairi appealed to the freedom fighters of the world against racism to condemn these practices carried out by the occupation authorities against the heinous acts, and called on the three working parties to support the Palestinian economy and support the National Employment Fund in coordination with the Arab Labor Organization.

For his part, Nasri Abu Jaish stressed that the Israeli occupation exploited the pandemic to impose new policies, expand the circle of house demolitions, tighten closures and control the movement of people and goods, pushing the peace process to the brink of the abyss, as the Palestinian people face a policy of racial discrimination and widespread ethnic cleansing from a country that considers itself above The law in light of the Palestinian people's adherence to life in a free state with Jerusalem as its capital.

Abu Jaish demanded from the Director General of the International Labor Organization that this report be transformed into decisions and recommendations that help the workers of Palestine and stop what is being done against them.