The Palestine Labor League: the history of a Palestinian labor union

Oded Marck

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This article explores the history of the Palestine Labor League (PLL) during the first years after Israel's establishment (1948-1953). Unlike most research, which views the PLL as an insignificant appendage to the major Zionist labor union, the Histadrut, this article wishes to investigate the PLL as a Palestinian organization operating within the corporatist industrial relations system of Israel’s early days. The article shows that PLL activists identified their position as a link between the Histadrut and the Palestinian population and used it to gain personal and collective achievements. The article therefore argues that the Israeli corporatist model, which was set to maintain social order and strengthen Zionist hegemony, unwittingly provided Palestinians with agency which was utilized by them to resist Israel's settler-colonial policies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-624
Number of pages16
JournalMiddle Eastern Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023


  • Histadrut
  • Palestine Labor League
  • Palestinians in Israel
  • Settler colonialism
  • corporatism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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