March 4, 2024


NEW DELHI: India’s predominant commerce unions urged the federal government on Wednesday to uphold its historic assist for Palestinian statehood and scrap plans to ship tens of 1000’s of staff to Israel.


Representing some 100 million staff, Indian commerce union organizations mentioned earlier this month that the federal government was contemplating manpower exports to Israel, which might see some 90,000 Indian building staff substitute their Palestinian counterparts.


As plans to facilitate their substitute with Indians started to emerge, 10 distinguished commerce unions issued a press release saying the Israeli occupation of Palestine had decimated its financial system, making Palestinians depending on Israel for employment. Facilitating it could “quantity to complicity on India’s half with Israel’s ongoing genocidal conflict in opposition to Palestinians,” mentioned the assertion.


The unions repeated their name as they noticed the Worldwide Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian Folks on Nov. 29.


“(The) Indian working class can’t be occasion to this genocidal initiative by Israel and marching orders to Palestinian staff engaged on Israeli soil is part of that general genocidal assault. Employees can’t be a celebration to the heinous train,” Tapan Kumar Sen, secretary-general of the Centre of Indian Commerce Unions, advised Arab Information.


Members of the CITU, in addition to of the All India Commerce Union Congress and different Indian members of the World Federation of Commerce Unions, wore black badges to work on Wednesday and took half in sit-ins, marches and website protests.


“That is an statement in assist of solidarity with Palestinians and demanding that the Indian authorities play (a job) as an alternative of being delicate on Israel,” Sen mentioned.


“We demand that Israel should vacate all of the occupied territory of the Palestinian areas recognized as Palestinian homeland with Jerusalem as capital.”


In Tamil Nadu, in India’s south, staff in additional than half the state’s districts organized rallies.


“This protest is in response to the decision given by the World Federation of Commerce Unions to look at Nov. 29 as a solidarity day,” Vahidha Nizam, a member of AITUC within the state, advised Arab Information.


“About 20 districts in Tamil Nadu are holding protest marches in solidarity with the Palestinian folks.”

In Bhubaneswar, the capital of the jap state of Orrissa, six commerce unions and activists held a joint protest in opposition to Israeli navy and settler violence and the assist it receives from the West.


“The best way the Israel-America axis assaults Palestine … they’re snatching their homeland, they’re snatching their rights,” Ramkrushna Panda, AITUC state secretary, advised Arab Information.


“Commerce unions have collectively organized the protest … Although the Indian authorities has taken a stand another way, our overseas coverage has all the time been in favor of Palestine. The folks of the nation stand with Palestine, in solidarity with Palestine.”

Help for Palestine was an vital a part of India’s overseas coverage even earlier than independence from British colonial rule in 1947.


Mahatma Gandhi, the chief of India’s freedom motion and one of many fathers of the impartial nation, had opposed the formation of a Jewish nation-state in Palestine, deeming it inhumane.


“Indian residents and Indian staff have all the time stood with the rights of Palestinians to have their very own homeland,” mentioned Amarjeet Kaur, secretary-general of the All India Commerce Union Congress.


“The Indian authorities deciding to have a treaty with Israel to ship Indian staff there to switch Palestinians goes in opposition to the Indian ethos.”