British Unions Vote to Boycott Israel

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1905 ... October 9, 2019
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British Unions Vote to Boycott Israel

Glen Davies

"At the moment we’re looking at a people lacking the control that allows them to function as a society -- water, the freedom to travel, the basic right to safety," said Martin Sundram, delegate for the Artists’ Union of England (AUE) at the annual congress of the British trade union movement.

The AUE tabled Motion 75, titled "Palestine: supporting rights to self-determination," to the conference, stating unequivocally that "Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ is an attempt to destroy core Palestinian rights." The AUE’s Palestine motion was passed unanimously on September 11, according to the TUC’s report.

Representing more than 5.5 million members, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) is the peak British union representative body, equivalent to the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) [and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)].

The motion affirmed the collective rights of the Palestinian people to self-determination and to return to their homes, called for a stop to the British arms trade with Israel, and reaffirmed the union movement’s call... to boycott companies complicit with the Israeli settlement industry.

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