MAAN’s field report on the Atarot industrial zone in Jerusalem has now appeared: “Palestinian workers demand their rights and unionize.”

The report’s aim is to update information on the challenges faced by residents of the Palestinian Authority who work in territory annexed by Israel, where Israeli labor law applies, and to present directions for action.

Atarot Industrial Zone is a microcosm for the situation of the 150,000 Palestinians employed in both Israel and the settlements.

The new report includes an up-to-date description of the structural difficulties facing Palestinian workers, and evaluates a reform which was announced in the permit system in 2019 but never implemented.

The report documents MAAN’s successful struggle to cancel the deduction of service fees from the wages of Palestinians employed in Israel, a practice that formerly moved millions of shekels into the coffers of the Histadrut in ways that were illegal.

MAAN’s General Director Assaf Adiv authored the report, together with Muhannad Anati who interviewed the employees.

Atarot is the largest traditional industrial zone in Jerusalem. It currently houses 160 factories and is in a boom of expansion. The area employs 3,600 people, most of them residents of the Palestinian Authority who cross through the nearby Qalandiya checkpoint day after day on their way to and from work.

By concentrating thousands of workers in factories, which often require skilled labor and stability, Israel has unintentionally created a permanent workforce with significant bargaining power, hence with the possibility of unionizing.

MAAN promotes equal participation in its ranks regardless of identity and national or religious affiliation. In Atarot, it has so far unionized three factories. In one of them, Rajwan Foods, a groundbreaking collective agreement was achieved in March 2021.

In the report, MAAN presents two practical ideas that can be implemented at once. One is a model for changing the permit regime, and the other is unionization.

The current report offers data that has never before been collected and presented, hence its importance and uniqueness. 

Click here for the full report (PDF)



Fighting for peace and cooperation between Palestinian and Israeli workers in times of war

Following is a talk by Yoav Gal Tamir that was given to the Global Labour Institute School under the headline “Young Union Leaders Imagining International Trade Unionism”. The GLI gathering of 100 activists took place at the end of November near Paris. MAAN’s representative Yoav Gal Tamir talked about the union’s role today, after the October Massacre by Hamas and Israel’s retaliation. Tamir also emphasized MAAN’s unique role as a union that works in Israel, defends and organizes both Israeli and Palestinian workers.

The East Jerusalem Project

Solidarity across borders: residents of East and West Jerusalem work together in crisis and build the foundations of a common future

Jerusalem after October 7 is a city marked by suspicion and fear. The city economy has been hit hard, and many in both the Jewish and Palestinian communities prefer to avoid public spaces. In the immediate days after the war began, checkpoints around the city have been shut, cutting off the Palestinians living in the outskirts of the city. That would be around one third of the city’s residents who are left in a dire economic situation. Amidst this, dozens of organizations – both Jewish and Palestinian – begun working to provide relief. MAAN Workers Association (MAAN) joined the Jerusalem’s civilian Emergency Center, especially the branch set up for the East Jerusalem residents. Together, these organizations in both sides of the city create an enclave of sanity, bringing hope in solidarity.


אנא כתבו את שמכם המלא, טלפון ותיאור קצר של נושא הפנייה, ונציג\ה של מען יחזרו אליכם בהקדם האפשרי.

رجاءً اكتبوا اسمكم الكامل، الهاتف، ووصف قصير حول موضوع توجهكم، ومندوب عن نقابة معًا سيعاود الاتصال بكم لاحقًا

As an organization committed to the rights of workers without distinction of religion, race, nationality, gender, or profession - democracy is our essence. We strongly oppose the authoritarian laws that the extreme government of Netanyahu, Lapid, Bennett, and Smotrich is attempting to impose.

Without democracy, there are no workers' rights, just as a workers' organization cannot exist under dictatorship.

only a victory of the democratic camp will enable a discussion on the Palestinian issue and lead to an alternative solution to occupation and apartheid while ensuring human rights and citizenship for all, Israelis and Palestinians alike. As long as the apartheid regime persists, the democratic camp will not succeed in defeating Israeli extremists. Therefore, we work to involve the Arab and Palestinian society in the protest.

We invite you:

To march with us in protests and to build an alternative, democratic, Jewish-Arab professional union in Israel. Join our quiet WhatsApp group today, "Marching with us in protest."

To join MAAN and unite workers in your workplace. Read here how to join the organization.

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