Labour relations and the struggle for workers’ rights have fundamentally shaped both Israeli and Palestinian societies and the relations between them. For example, did you know that an estimated 100 000 Palestinians from the West Bank currently work in Israel? And that the German and Israeli trade unions laid the foundations for the establishment of German-Israeli diplomatic relations in the late 1950s?
These are just some of the issue the young trade union activists from the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung discussed during their delegation to Israel and Palestine. The Willy Brandt Center wants to heighten the awareness for the role of trade unions and further strengthen relations between them. That is why we were delighted to welcome the Hans Böckler Stiftung who over the course of 10 days also visited many of our partner organisations such as Histadrut, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Israel, HaNoar HaOved VeHaLomed, German Embassy Tel Aviv, the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions and many more.