The staff union at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency [UNWRA] in Gaza have called for a series of agency wide strikes, the first of which has been organised yesterday, 13 April, in protest against the dismissal of a number of teachers.
During a press conference, the president of the staff union, Suhail al-Hindi, expressed condemnation of the agency's policy of arbitrary dismissal of staff which he equated with a death sentence for the employee and their family. He also asserted the union's categorical refusal to confuse students by teaching them about the holocaust within the human rights curriculum and stressed the necessity to teach them about Palestinian history and the massacres perpetrated against them, the most recent of which was the Gaza War.
Al-Hindi also called on the agency administration to implement decisions related to the rights of staff approved by the previous Commissioner General or through the Workers Union Conference in Amman.
MEMO Photographer: Mohammed Asad