Stop the War! Stop the violence and hatred between Jews and Arabs!

Statement by MAAN Workers Association

We face a cruel reality. Israeli provocations against Palestinians in East Jerusalem have finally let the genie of pent-up resentment out of the bottle, while awarding Hamas the glory of defending al-Aqsa. Hundreds of rockets launched into Israeli cities have so far killed eight Israelis, injuring dozens. Massive bombings by the Israeli Air Force have killed hundreds of people in Gaza and injured thousands in just a few days, destroying infrastructure and countless homes. In the West Bank Israeli army repressed with force demonstrations and killed at least 9 people.

At the same time in Israeli cities, clashes between Jews and Arabs threaten to rip the country apart.Faced with this wave of violence and hate, MAAN Workers Association calls for a halt of the war and all military action on both sides. We join the medical staff of Haifa’s Rambam Hospital – Jews and Arabs – and many others, who have gone out to demonstrate, opposing incitement and calling for better relations between Jews and Arabs.

Religious fanaticism, nationalism, and racism on either side will drag us all into oblivion. We must not let that happen. In recent weeks, while religious and nationalist clashes in Jerusalem harbingered catastrophe, we at MAAN conducted intensive negotiations with employers to sign collective agreements of great importance to the Palestinian and Israeli workers organized in our union. In March, MAAN signed a collective agreement with the Rajwan food factory in the Atarot industrial zone (North of Jerusalem) where 55 workers, residents of the West Bank, will now enjoy fair and legal job conditions. Another collective agreement has just been signed for the second time with Yad b’Yad (Hand in hand), an Israeli NGO, where 250 Arabs and Jews educators many of them women provide bilingual education to more than a thousand children from kindergarten to high school. The new collective agreement will guarantee their rights and work conditions and strengthen their commitment to MAAN.

The new members of MAAN, along with many who joined our ranks years ago, are aware that we strive tirelessly for solidarity and equality between all human beings, and that we have zero tolerance for segregation or discrimination between Jews and Arabs. In these days of war and chaos, we look to the new leadership in Washington and receive inspiration and encouragement from it. After decades of decline in the status of organized labor in the United States, the White House is again calling for stronger unions. The Biden Administration is also demonstrating leadership on the issue of climate change, once more leading the international coalition to combat air pollution and global warming.

We call upon all who can exert influence, civilian movements, public figures and others in both Israeli and Palestinian society, to unite behind the call to end the violence and prevent further harm to innocent civilians on both sides. We call for Israelis and Palestinians to cross the borders, visible and invisible, and work together to prevent the extremists on either side from taking over. Together we can help build a just and sane society without discrimination based on religion, nationality, race or gender.

Poster by Vered Bitan


The East Jerusalem Project

Significant Achievements of MAAN – Workers Association in Protecting Workers’ Rights

Since the outbreak of the war, MAAN – Workers Association has secured the labor rights, social security benefits, unemployment benefits, and support for work accidents for over 300 residents of East Jerusalem. This includes opening checkpoints and distributing food vouchers, translating to over 3 million NIS in benefits. Notably, over 40% of those who received assistance are women.

Palestinian Workers

The government’s decision to massively import overseas workers is social lawlessness, a disaster for both the economy and security. It must be revoked and Palestinians must be allowed to return to their jobs in Israel

Wednesday, May 15, the Israeli government approved a structural reform on employment of migrant workers where it allowed a ceiling of 330,000 overseas workers in the Israeli job market. MAAN sees this decision as a step that defies all economic logic, contradicts labor market planning, and opens the way to a dangerous expansion of human trafficking for labor purposes in Israel. In addition, the decision reflects complete disregard for the consequences of the continued halt in employment of Palestinians.

The East Jerusalem Project

Severe employment crisis in East Jerusalem ahead of Ramadan

On the eve of Ramadan, Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem are facing an economic and social crisis exacerbated by a 7.6 per cent increase in unemployment since the outbreak of the war. Despite the crisis, the government is severely undermining its own five-year plan for East Jerusalem. MAAN Workers Association (hence MAAN) calls on the mayor and the incoming city council to secure budgets to reduce socio-economic gaps in the city.

Palestinian Workers

MAAN and Kav Laoved write to Immigration and Population Authority and demand to reserve a place in the quota for Palestinian workers with a permit who resigned/fired during the “Iron Swords” war

The two workers’ rights groups wrote on Feb. 13 to Mr. Moshe Nakash the head of the Immigration and Population Authority and demanded that special measures will be taken to alleviate the suffering of Palestinian workers and also to enable Israeli employers to overcome the crisis and keep their experienced workers.


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.

To follow MAAN's work on social networks.

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