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September 20, 2009

MAJOR BRITISH TRADE UNIONS CALL FOR PARTIAL BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL

Jerusalem Post - Britain's 6.5-million member labor federation, the Trade Union Congress, has adopted a policy calling for a consumer-led boycott and sanctions campaign against Israel at their annual conference in Liverpool. The TUC policy calls on the British Government to condemn the "Israeli military aggression and the continuing blockade of Gaza" and end arms sales to Israel, which it said reached a value of L18.8 million in 2008. It also calls for a ban on goods originated from the settlements and an end to the European Union's preferential trading terms with Israel. . . Maintaining that it was not a boycott call, Barber added: "This is not a call for a general boycott of Israeli goods and services which would hit ordinary Palestinian and Israeli workers, but targeted, consumer-led sanctions directed at businesses based in, and sustaining, the illegal settlements." The GC said that each union would interpret how to implement the boycott and encouraged affiliation to a radical anti-Israel group.

4 Comments:

Blogger Blue said...

The real problem facing the European Parliament, and the British trade union movement, is what action to take regarding Israel's breach of its undertakings contained within the provisions of the EU-Israel Association Agreement in regard to the recognition of human and civil rights.

September 20, 2009 5:06 PM  
Blogger Blue said...

Bilateral trade between Israel and the EU is now estimated to be in excess of US$44 billion (approx 25% of GDP) and any suspension of the EU-Israel Association Agreement would cause the Israeli economy to go into freefall.

It is not clear why Israel is apparently confident that there will be no suspension of EU trade.

September 20, 2009 5:46 PM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

I'm sure they believe The Big Thug (the US ruling class) will intervene to save them.

September 21, 2009 8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Big Lobby's influence doesn't cross the Atlantic.

September 21, 2009 2:50 PM  

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