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Al-Khudari urges lawsuits against Israel on behalf of unemployed Gazans

Oct. 5, 2008 9:21 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 5, 2008 9:21 A.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - Gazan lawmaker and chairman of the Popular Committee Against the Siege Jamal Al-Khudari on Sunday called on international labor unions and relief organizations as well as the UN to seek "real solutions" to unemployment caused by the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip by Israel.

He called on laborers unions to work together in supporting Palestinian workers and to file lawsuits in international court against the economic siege imposed on Palestine.

Al-Khudari asserts that Palestinian workers and their families in both the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip are living under dire conditions. He highlighted that 140,000 Gazan workers lost their jobs due to the siege which resulted in the closure of 97% of factories in Gaza because they could not get raw materials for their products. All contactors and construction companies closed as well, he added.

The present Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip began in June 2007, following Hamas' takeover of the small coastal territory. A ceasefire agreement implemented in June 2006 required Israel to ease restrictions on shipments of vital goods, but the Gazan economy remains in shambles.

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