Following is a news story on an important struggle against the closure of Heib quarry in the Galilee that employes 250 Arab workers. We will send more info. in coming days
WAC - Nazareth
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By Sharon Gal
"If Prime Minister Ehud Barak does not prevent the laying off of 200 employees from the al-Hayeb quarry near Upper Nazareth, I will work toward bringing down his tottering government," warned MK Ahmed Tibi (Ta'al) yesterday. The quarry workers, most of them Arabs, blocked the Golani junction yesterday for an hour in protest against plans to shut the site down by the end of the month.
"The mayor, Menachem Ariav, must be told to allow the work at the quarry to continue, otherwise I will take part in toppling the government," MK Tibi said.
In recent years, the municipal authorities of Upper Nazareth have worked toward shutting down the quarry, claiming that its operations are harmful to the residents of the town.
On Sunday, the workers were assembled by the CEO of Kinneret Quarries, Shlomo Porat, and were told that there is a good chance that they would be laid off because the business would be closing in the coming weeks. The workers decided to protest the move and blocked the busy Golani junction, an action that led to the arrest of three protesters by the police.
Other Arab MKs also warned of the possibility that bitterness among the Arab workers may lead to violence in the Galilee.
Barak's advisor on social affairs and welfare, Rafi Elul, has scheduled an emergency meeting today in an effort to prevent the closing down of the site.
WAC - Nazareth
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