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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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By disregarding international law and granting Israeli war criminals impunity Judge Gershon’s verdict exemplifies the fact that Israel’s legal system cannot be trusted to administer justice according to international standards.The ISM calls on the international community to hold Israel accountable by supporting the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) and continuing to join the Palestinian struggle in the occupied Palestinian territories.
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