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My homeland is the MUA, says Maz.
His family come from Jerusalem, but after the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, like so many Palestinians lived in exile.
We were in Lebanon until the Israeli invasion in 1982 when we fled to Jordan, says Maz.
But with the 1993 Oslo Accords, which provided for the creation of a Palestinian Authority and the withdrawal of Israeli forces from the Gaza Strip and West Bank, the family returned to Palestine. There Maz worked for the Israeli heavy vehicle manufacturing corporation Caterpillar for three years.
Paddy Crumlin, MUA national secretary and ITF executive board member will be visiting the Middle East later this year, to promote the International Transport Workers initiative to bring the workers of Israel and Palestine together.
Its the working people who are suffering most from this conflict, he said. And its the workers and their unions who can begin a lasting peace process on the ground.