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Sawt El-amel: The Laborer's Voice Charity Profile
Sawt el-Amel became widely known within the Palestinian Arab community in Israel in the wake of the violent clashes between Arab citizens of Israel demonstrating in solidarity with their Palestinian brothers and sisters from the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip - and the Israeli police in October 2000, which escalated and led to the killing of 13 Arab citizens by the Israeli security forces. As a consequence of these events and the growing public hostility towards Arabs as the fifth column of society, hundreds of Arab workers were fired from their workplaces, and others were prohibited to speak Arabic at work. Sawt el-Amel represented app. 200 Arab workers who had been fired by their Israeli employers in court; 37 workers returned to their jobs after Sawt el-Amel won their cases. Through this campaign, Sawt el-Amel had established itself as an alternative address for Arab workers and unemployed whose interests are not sufficiently represented by the general Israeli trade union Histadrut.
Sawt el-Amel/The Laborer's Voice is an independent grassroots organisation founded by Palestinian Arab workers in Nazareth in 2000, in order to defend and promote the rights of Arab citizens in Israel to work and social security. In particular, Sawt el-Amel strives to:
Eradicate systematic discrimination by state and general public in access to labour and social security, which is one of the root causes of the continuous socio-economic crisis within the Palestinian Arab community in Israel;
Promote awareness of the rights to decent work and social security among the unemployed and working Arab citizens in Israel, including the right to organise and stand up for one's rights collectively;
Improve the socio-economic status of Arab women and involve them in all stages of decision-making and public activism.
In order to reach these overall objectives, Sawt el-Amel takes legal action, engages in grassroots organising, educates the public, networks and conducts advocacy. The organisation works on local, national and international levels.
Sawt El-amel: The Laborer's Voice Volunteer Information
Sawt el-Amel is a grassroots organisation for workers and unemployed and their families, which is currently developing its work on the international level. Activities include advocacy and solidarity campaigns, networking, publications and fundraising. So far, outreach has been confined to the English-speaking world, but it is crucial for Sawt el-Amel to establish contacts and alliances with groups whose working languages are French and Spanish.
Sawt El-amel: The Laborer's Voice Donation Information
Sawt el-Amel is a registered non-profit organisation, so you can make tax-deductible donations to us according to the laws applying to you. You will get a receipt for all payments made to us.