The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project

September 14-16, 2003
Palestinian Labor Tour

South Central Federation of Labor Meeting
Monday, September 15
7 pm
Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park St.
Contact: Ron Blascoe, c/o RafahSisterCity at

Multicultural Student Coalition Meeting
Tuesday, September 16
7:00 pm
See “Today in the Union” for room location.

There will also be a display on library mall the day of the event in commemoration of “Al-Nakbah”, the expulsion of the Palestinians in 1948.

Contact: Genia Daniels genia02 at
UW-Madison Multicultural Student Coalition (MCSC), and
Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition

Representatives of the Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) and The Farmers Union will be touring the United States September 10 through October 12. Two of the delegates are also representatives in the Stop the Wall campaign.

They will travel to several cities for speaking engagements. Topics will include labor and trade unions, the construction of “the Wall,” analysis of the Road Map to Peace, and the impact on workers and farmers. They will also focus on building relationships here in the U.S., and how we can get involved.

Sharon Wallace

Delegation members:

Abdel Raheem Saleh Abdel Latif Khatib, Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions
Mr. Khatib has worked for eighteen years as the official representative for the Hotel and Service workers in Jerusalem. He is responsible for the education and implementation of Palestine Labor Law, elections and bylaws.

His daily responsibilities include union organizing, collective agreements, addressing grievances and legal issues faced by Palestinian workers, (which included Palestinians working in Israel prior to the second Intifada). As a member of the Legal Affairs Department of the PGFTU Mr. Khatib works with the various unions of the Federation and international labor representatives.

Nasser Ai-Faqih, Palestinian Agricultural Development Association (PARC), Stop the Wall Campaign
Mr. Al-Faqih is program manager of PARC: Rural Development Program in locations impacted by the separation wall. He is on the steering committee of the ìStop the Wallî campaign. His duties include training and organizing men and women farmers and agricultural workers, providing legal and other services. He works out of Ramallah, West Bank.

Fayez Audeh Al-Taneeb, Farmers Union, Stop the Wall Campaign
Mr. Audeh is coordinator for the Farmers Union in Tulkarem, West Bank and coordinator for Stop the Wall campaign. His responsibilities include organizing and providing support services for farmers and families in the area, especially those affected by the construction of the Wall. Mr. Audeh can no longer work his own land as it was declared off limits by the Israeli Army due to the construction of the Wall.

Suhal Al-Salman, Stop the Wall Campaign
Mr. Salman is coordinator for the Stop the Wall campaign for the three provinces of Tulkarem, Jenin and Qualquilya. He has presented on the Wall extensively and provides, with visuals, an in depth analysis of the impact of the Wall on the surrounding areas, as well as the entire West Bank.