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Home arrow Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions arrow Irish Trade Union Congress calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
Irish Trade Union Congress calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions PDF Print E-mail
Jul 13, 2007 at 03:46 PM

The largest civil society organization in Ireland, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, is the latest union to pass a boycott, divestment and sanction motion against Apartheid Israel.

The 770, 000 member-strong organization, which represents trade unions and trade councils across Ireland, condemned the Israeli government in two motions for its oppression of the Palestinian people. Despite the strong wording of the motions, neither was opposed by any speakers, proving that the Irish working classes are sick of the Irish and UK governments’ pandering to Israel and are taking matters into their own hands.

The Congress has vowed to ‘actively and vigorously’ promote a boycott of Israeli goods amongst its members, citing the example of a previous boycott against apartheid South Africa. Affiliated organizations have been told to divest from Israel, and withdraw holdings in companies complicit in the occupation such as Caterpillar, and encourage employers to do so as well. They will also lobby their government and the EU to demand an appropriate response to the illegal actions of Israel.

The motions condemned Israel’s policy of ethnic cleansing against Palestinians, the continued building of the illegal Apartheid wall and expansion of settlements in the West Bank, the horrific assaults on Gaza and the enforced bankruptcy of the Palestinian Authority. They drew attention to the appalling murder of Houda Gallia’s family by the occupation forces as they sat on the beach of Gaza.

The motions were also highly critical of the Irish and British governments and the European Union for failing in their obligations under International Law and standing up to Israel.

Palestinian grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, July 11th, 2007 see full article

 

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Israel planned for Lebanon war months in advance, PM says
  • Olmert's leaked testimony contradicts earlier remarks 
  • Criticism from inquiry may force resignation

Conal Urquhart in Tel Aviv
Friday March 9, 2007
The Guardian

Preparations for Israel's war in Lebanon last summer were drawn up at least four months before two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped by Hizbullah in July, Ehud Olmert, the prime minister, has admitted.

His submission to a commission of inquiry, leaked yesterday, contradicted the impression at the time that Israel was provoked into a battle for which it was ill-prepared. Mr Olmert told the Winograd commission, a panel of judges charged with investigating Israel's perceived defeat in the 34-day war, that he first discussed the possibility of war in January and asked to see military plans in March.

According to the Ha'aretz daily, which obtained details of Mr Olmert's testimony, the prime minister chose a plan featuring air attacks on Lebanon and a limited ground operation that would be implemented following a Hizbullah abduction. Hizbullah had made several attempts to capture Israeli soldiers on the border since Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon in 2000.

Israeli commentators believed that Mr Olmert and Amir Peretz, the defence minister, took the opportunity of the kidnapping to show they could manage a war in spite of their limited military experience. But the outcome of the war seemed to highlight their lack of experience and also deficiencies in Israel's military planning.

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