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Arab Labor Conference Asks Palestine Independence

A demand for the complete independence of Palestine within a Pan-Arab framework was voiced, among others, in a resolution adopted by the first Arab labor conference. Other resolutions adopted and just published called for a census of the unemployed, and the establishment of free clinics. The executive of the conference was empowered to proclaim a general strike when necessary and to publish an Arab labor paper.

Political resolutions included one to help the Arab nation “in all matters not opposed to labor interests and principles,” a protest against collective punishments, against immigration disproportionate to the economic situation and against alleged preference for Jewish labor over Arab labor. The conference significantly reverted to the old practice of referring to Palestine as southern Syria and it did not recognize the political regime in either Syria or Palestine.

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