ASLEF Stands with Palestine
This morning at ASLEF's annual conference, delegates passed an emergency motion in solidarity with the people of Palestine.
Mick Whelan, General Secretary, made this statement:
"I'm proud that today at ASLEF's annual assembly of delegates, conference passed a motion in solidarity with the people of Palestine after recent attacks on them by the Israeli state. Whether it's the violence shown to Palestinians who simply want to gather at Damascus Gate, those facing expulsion from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah or the people of Gaza facing airstrikes that are killing hundreds of people including many children, Israel’s action are unacceptable, immoral and criminal.
"We stand with the people of Palestine, and join the voices of people around the world in calling for an immediate ceasefire followed by the end of the Israeli state's institutional racism towards Palestinians, the expansion of settlements, the siege of Gaza and occupation of the West Bank. Only then will we see lasting peace and equality for Palestinians and Israelis.
"The international community must do everything it can to support the decades long struggle of the Palestinian people for statehood and dignity. I urge all ASLEF members to support this struggle in whatever ways they can."
The motion also called for a donation to be made to Medical Aid for Palestinians and for the union to call on the UK Government to put pressure on the Israeli government to halt their air strikes, annexation and apartheid.