Federation Coordinates Aid for Gaza (7/23)

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The International Transport Workers’ Federation, to which the SIU is affiliated, has issued the following news release and accompanying photo showing trade union humanitarian supplies being sent to Gaza in 2009.

Union aid supplies on way to Gaza


As its first lorry load of medical supplies begins its journey to Gaza, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) again backed calls for an immediate ceasefire there.


The ITF has organized a program to help trade unions send food and medicines to Gaza. The federation’s office in Amman, Jordan, is coordinating the provision of aid and is putting together the first cargo load now for dispatch tomorrow. Expected to reach Gaza on Friday, the supplies will be handed over to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization, whose support includes the running of a mobile hospital there.


ITF President Paddy Crumlin stated, “The situation in Gaza is desperate. There is a need for an immediate ceasefire before even more civilians are killed. We strongly echo and support the continuing calls by the ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation) for action in line with the UN Security Council resolution that called for ‘de-escalation of the situation, restoration of calm, reinstitution of the November 2012 ceasefire and respect for international humanitarian law, including the protection of civilians.’”


He concluded, “We firmly believe that a cessation of hostilities must be followed by renewed international pressure to achieve a long-term solution, including the end of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and a negotiated settlement that respects the 1967 borders between Israel and a Palestinian state. It is time that the rights of the Palestinian people are fully recognized in line with UN resolutions.”


More details of the relief fund are at www.itfglobal.org/campaigns/ITF-Gaza-fund.cfm


In 2009 a similar ITF program delivered ambulances, food and medicine during the attacks at that time (a short film on this can be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=DY_KLmnE6EA)


The ITUC’s most recent statement on the issue can be accessed at www.ituc-csi.org/gaza-immediate-ceasefire


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