The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has officially recognized Palestine as a state, expressed its support for ending the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and has called for speeding the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.The decision was made Thursday, during a conference in Brussels, while approving of many recommendations and resolutions with regard to boosting the power of workers around the world, and establishing programs for the Arab world as part of plans meant to support the Arab Labor Union and its affiliated unions.

Head of the Palestinian Trade Union, Shaher Sa’ad, attended the conference and said that many will be organized soon, with a number of representatives from international unions, including the elected General Secretary of the ITUC Sharan Burrow, in attendance.

Burrow will be meeting with several Palestinian officials, to observe the situation in the Gaza Strip, West Bank and occupied Jerusalem.

She intends to present Palestinian leadership with the resolution of the ITUC World Conference, held in Berlin, back in May this year, in denunciation of the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestine, and calling for recognition of an independent Palestinian State with Jerusalem as its capital.

It also called for an end to the construction of illegal Israeli settlements and the removal of existing settlements, Israel’s full withdrawal from all Palestinian lands occupied since June 4, 1967, as well as the dismantling of the Annexation Wall.

The ITUC includes 170 Million members from 312 affiliated organizations from 175 countries around the world.