Friday, 22. June 2018

Mass demonstrations along Israel’s perimeter fence with the Gaza Strip took place on Friday, June 8, for the eleventh consecutive week, as part of the “Great March of Return.” Israeli forces killed four Palestinians, and injured 618 demonstrators, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Gaza. 254 of the injuries were transferred to hospitals, including 117 wounded by live ammunition, according to the MoH. Eight of the wounded are in critical condition. One Israeli soldier was also reportedly slightly injured.

The Workers’ Party participated in a large rally in the centre of Belfast in solidarity with the Palestinian people.  The following address was made by Gerry Grainger, Director of International Affairs of the Workers’ Party of Ireland:

“Last Monday, as Israel in a deplorable display of triumphalism, celebrated the Trump administration’s opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, Israeli forces massacred 62 Palestinians in Gaza, bringing the death count since Israel began its murderous attacks on the Great Return March to at least 110. More than 12,000 have been injured; many so severely that they will require the amputation of their limbs.

A Palestinian from the Gaza Strip succumbed to his wounds on Saturday, May 26, sustained from Israeli army gunfire during the March of Return protests last week at the Gaza border with Israel, according to WAFA Palestinian News Agency correspondent. The journalist said that Hussein Salem Abu Aweida, 41, who was shot and critically injured while selling ice cream and other cold refreshments from a kiosk, died of his wounds at al-Shifa Hospital where he was receiving treatment.

CPUSAThe Communist Party USA reacts with anger and sorrow to the killing of at least 62 Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza by Israeli security forces on Monday, May 14.  The CPUSA directly blames the Israeli government of Prime  Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and the U.S. government of President Donald Trump for this tragedy.

The Palestinian resistance organized a seven weeks protests commencing on “Land Day” and culminating on the “Nakba (catastrophe) Day" of May 15 that commemorates the 70th anniversary of the declaration of the State of Israel in 1948.

The opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem after its challanging decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was superposed with the Nakba demostration. On May 14, at the eastern border of the besieged Gaza Strip where thousands marched, Israeli soldiers fired at the demonstrators killing 50 Palestinians and wounding about 2,400, mostly being children.

The World Federation of Trade Unions firmly condemns and demands the immediate stop to the slaughter of tens of Palestinians in Gaza by Israeli forces. Right now tens of unarmed Palestinians are being murdered, injured and threatened by the Israeli forces, because they are protesting against the transfer of the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and because they demand the right to go back to their land that was taken from them on May 15th 1948.

With an event of solidarity with the people of Palestine, at the "T. Charalambidis' stadium of the Municipality of Chaidari, PAME expressed its solid support for the struggle of the Palestinian people, and also opened the 12th Workers’ Football Championship of the PAME Youth Secretariat.

The event was attended by the Ambassador of Palestine, Marwan Tubasi, the Secretary General of the World Federation of Trade Unions, George Mavrikos and Mayor of Chaidari, Michalis Selekos.

In a celebration held in Cairo, the former Palestinian General Secretary of the General Union of Palestine Workers, Haidar Ibrahim, was honored on the sidelines of the Arab Labor Organization Conference held in Cairo, under the initiative of the current General Secretary of GUPW, Mahmoud Abu Al-Wafa.

ITUCThe ITUC has condemned Israel over the killing of 16 people and the wounding of several hundred in Gaza on Friday.

The Global union body supports the call by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, backed by the EU, for an independent and transparent investigation into the violence. Thousands of Palestinians had gathered near the border to protest the continuing blockade of Gaza and the confiscation of their lands.

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