Sadaka Visiting Speaker programme
Dr. Mohammed Amara
On 19-21 November 2013 Sadaka hosted a visit to Dublin by Dr. Mohammed Amara, International Secretary of the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU).
On 20th November he made a presentation to the full Executive Council of the ICTU on the economic situation in Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank. He outlined the barriers facing Palestinians seeking to go about their daily work and discriminatory practices against Palestinian workers. He also referred extensively to the World Bank Report on the Palestinian Economy.
In his presentation to the Executive Council he outlined the economic impact of the Israeli occupation, including devastating levels of unemployment, and the daily humiliation experienced by Palestinian workers seeking to travel to and from work. Dr Omara requested Irish Trade Unions to promote pressure on Israel in any available forum to obey international law by calling for sanctions on Israel and boycott of Israeli goods, especially of goods/ services from illegal settlements. He also sought our assistance in seeking an end of Israeli strangulation of the Palestinian economy and freedom of Palestinian economic activity in "Area C" in the West Bank. Dr Omara also suggested twinning initiatives between trade unions in Palestine and Ireland at all levels to promote practical projects in Palestine.
The World Bank report that Dr Amara referred to was published in October 2013 and it portrayed how Israel was strangling Palestinian economic activity and indicated how the removal of barriers to economic activity could lead to a doubling of Palestinian GDP within a year. A more recent World Bank report on Area C makes it clear that the economic and social situation is considerably worse.
Dr Mohammed Amara with members of the Oireachtas Friends of Palestine and Sadaka Board members.
Dr Mohammed Amara at the National Executive, ICTU, with John Douglas, ICTU President (left).
Jack O'Connor, Gen. Pres SIPTU, addresses the Liberty Hall meeting with Mohammed Amara (right)
Mohammed Amara with Philip O'Connor, Board member of Sadaka.