Palestinian Labour Organising Under COVID-19
Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (Regional Office in Palestine and Jordan) is carrying out a research project titled “Labour in Palestine and COVID-19” led by Riya Al’Sanah, Rafeef Ziadah, and Adam Hanieh. The research project examines how COVID-19 has impacted the conditions of Palestinian workers in key sectors.
The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted Palestinian public health as well as economic and social life. These effects have been compounded by the on-going reality of Israeli colonialism and occupation. Restrictions on movement, control over borders, economic subjugation, land seizures, home demolitions, and the continuing presence of the Israeli military have all hampered the Palestinian response to the pandemic. But the effects of the pandemic on Palestinian society are not felt equally.
The following interview features Nidal Ghaben, Executive Director of the Workers’ Development Association (Amel). Amel is one of the main labour advocacy and research organisations in the Gaza Strip, and has a board of directors that includes labour activists, academics, and jurists. Abdulrahman Abu Nahel interviewed Ghaben on 1 December 2020
This interview is one of a series of interviews, factsheets, and papers covering “Labour in Palestine and COVID-19” that will be published through the RLS mailing list and other social media platforms.