The New Histadrut: Peace, Social Justice and the Israeli Trade Unions – Alan Johnson

“At a time when those opposed to a two-state solution are calling to break the relationship between British and Israeli trade unions, BICOM Senior Research Fellow Professor Alan Johnson has written an important new pamphlet, published by the Trade Union Friends of Israel, which provides a unique insight into the history and activities of the Histadrut. The pamphlet details the Histadrut’s progressive aims and values and its cooperation with the Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU).”

“Professor Johnson lays out the origins of the Jewish labour organisation, their role in the foundation of the State of Israel, the subsequent creation of an Arab workers section, and the groundbreaking agreement in 2008 between the Histadrut and the PGFTU.”

“The pamphlet highlights the Histadrut’s inclusivity as a powerful champion of vulnerable workers, its positive working relationship with its Palestinian counterparts, and why this relationship should be strengthened, not undermined, by UK trade unions. The pamphlet also details why boycotts damage Palestinian workers, set back the cause of peace, and risk isolating British trade unions from the wider international trade union movement, which has chosen engagement, practical solidarity and critical dialogue.”

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One Response to “The New Histadrut: Peace, Social Justice and the Israeli Trade Unions – Alan Johnson”

  1. David Olesker Says:

    That segment of young Jews who identify with the left and are in danger of falling into the trap of thinking that means they should join the anti-Israel chorus should be set up with internships with the Histadrut and other social action projects in Israel. It would give them a context in which to identify with both the left and their homeland.

    Anyone out there with some ideas how to make it happen?

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