The Israeli-Palestinian conflict caused by the Israeli occupation of Palestine “legitimated” by the International community dates back to 1948. Since then, the humanitarian needs for Palestinians have been steadily increasing due to restrictive measures by Israeli authorities, expansion of Israeli settlements and the subsequent displacement of Palestinians.
In November 2017, PSI World Congress approved resolution No. 50 - "For an Independent Palestinian State that Provides Quality Public Services to its Citizens", and more recently, PSI Executive Board EB-156 adopted , the resolution "PSI Welcomes Ceasefire and Urges International Action to End the Occupation" at its last meeting in May 2021.
Today, despite the ceasefire, Palestinian families face enormous challenges working to recover and rebuild in the wake of Israel’s recent bombing of Gaza. In East Jerusalem and the West Bank, Palestinians are facing an accelerated confiscation of their land and resources - making life even more difficult under already harsh economic and living conditions.
On June 10th, 2021, PSI organized a webinar to support its affiliates in Palestine. Speakers shared their experiences and described the following situation:
Massive material losses estimated at more than half a billion US dollars, including the premises of some trade unions,
Paramedics and medical staff assaulted, including members of PSI affiliates; ambulances and health clinics attacked and seized at checkpoints in the West Bank and Jerusalem; doctors and nurses injured and others killed with their families after their homes had been targeted.
Several health institutions have stopped providing their services as they were affected by the bombing, including the central laboratory for Covid-19 testing at the Ministry of Health building, and many others.
The aggression has caused a humanitarian, health, psychological and economic disaster that threatens the Palestinians and their stability requiring an emergency response.
Prior to the recent escalation of violence, the Occupying forces had obstructed the provision of medical materials for Covid-19 tests through arbitrary measures undertaken by the Israeli state and the lack of the Palestinians to oversee the crossings. Palestinians are still in a state of emergency and many precautionary measures have been imposed. On the other hand, while 60% of the Israeli population is fully vaccinated, only 5.5% of Palestinians enjoyed this right.
Whilst the bombs may have fallen silent for now, unless the root cause of this most recent oppression, 54 years of occupation, is dealt with, the ceasefire will only be temporary.
PSI Executive Board EB-156 - May 2021
Public Services International will offer financial assistance to PSI affiliates in Palestine to support them in this difficult time. The escalation of violence came at a time when Palestine was already suffering from a severe economic crisis exacerbated by the blockade on Gaza. We invite our affiliates worldwide to send a donation by bank transfer to:
Account holder: Internationale des Services Publics
Account No. 298 630 310 690 0
Swift code: BCLRCHBB
IBAN CH72 0844 0298 6303 1069 0
Banque Cler SA
CH-1211 Genève 3
Please mark your transfers “Solidarity Palestine”.
Your donations will help the Palestinian society to rebuild its capacity and recover in the aftermath of the recent escalation of violence. It will also help the member unions regain their strength so that they can continue the struggle for a Palestinian society that protects its workers and population and provides them with basic public services.
Your union can also help our affiliates and Palestine by writing to your national government encouraging them to stand up for the right of the Palestinian people to live in dignity, enjoy justice, equality, and access to quality public services and to put pressure on the Israeli government for the application of these principles and all the related International Resolutions.
A model letter is available for you to download and adapt.