Mayday event: Solidarity between Jewish and Arab workers

Friday, May 1st, 17.00

Al-Qasemi Academi, Baqa Al-Garbia

The day will include a speakers’ panel, and theatre and music performances by Arab and Jewish artists. The event is sponsored by our host, Al-Qasemi Academy, and by the Baqa Al-Gharbia municipality.


* Mrs. Haala Khabaib – Al-Qasemi College representative * Mursi Abu-Mokh –Baqa Al-Gharbia mayor * Assaf Adiv – WAC-MAAN National Director * Hatem Abu-Ziadeh chairperson of the Workers’ Committee, Tzarfati Garage * Ruti Amanu – Workers Committee Beit Bialik * Asma Aghbaria-Zahalka – WAC-MAAN leader  * Wafiq Abu Al-Hija –Workers Committee at McDonald’s Company  * Khen Shapirah – artist and member of Bezalel Academy lecturers’ committee * Yasser Abu-Arisha – Workers’ Committee, Leumi Card Company * Orit Gury – Workers Committee at Rosh HaAy’in Music Centre * Rania Saleh – WAC-MAAN activist , Jerusalem branch .

The panel will be chaired by WafahTiara and Michal Schwartz of WAC-MAAN’s Women’s Project

Performances: * Hila Lahav, Tal Bryte, Gonen Wiesel, Yishai Ben Adar – Music company; Mahmud Jabarin – Um Al-Fahem \ Baqa Al- Gharbia Theatre Group

We have chosen to hold this year’s Mayday rally in the Arab town of Baqa Al-Gharbia to highlight the fact that Arab society in Israel suffers the highest levels of poverty and unemployment (especially among women), with a record number of minimum wage earners.

The past year has seen WAC-MAAN leading a difficult struggle with employers in the West Bank industrial zone of Maale-Adumim, where thousands of Palestinian worker are being exploited; promoting the rights of thousands of unemployed in East Jerusalem; being confirmed, after a long legal struggle, as the representative union at Minshar School; soon reaching a collective agreement with the Rosh-Haayin municipality in relation to its music teachers; and holding conferences about women and work,  as well as on-the-job safety within the construction industry.

The Israeli rightwing government dictates the political agenda, inciting hatred and distrust between Jews and Arabs. The government supports an expansion of settlements in the Occupied Territories and the destruction of Arab houses. The result is violent, bullying behaviour such as that of active fascist groups (like Price Tag and Lehava) who committed crimes against Palestinians, including the lynching of Muhammad Abu Khdeir and the burning of mosques and bilingual schools.

In the face of this status quo, WAC-MAAN organises Arab and Jewish workers in a unified struggle for fair employment that will lead to economic stability, freedom from political oppression and full equality.

WAC-MAAN is heartened and inspired by new democratic forces in our region and beyond, which in the past few years have taken to the streets to demand freedom and social justice. In particular, it identifies with and supports the struggle of Arab nations for democracy. First among these are the Syrian people, who fight against Assad’s murderous dictatorship, as well as destructive fundamentalist forces, and who continue to believe in freedom.

For details: Nir Nader 050-6839443

Translation – Yaara Lahav



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."

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