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Jun 18, 2010 at 02:17 AM
VDLC resolution passed on Tuesday, June 15, 2010
 
MSC that the following recommendation of the VDLC Executive Committee be adopted:
 
Subject:  Blockade of Gaza
BECAUSE the state of Israel has been imposing an illegal blockade on the Palestinian people in the Gaza strip for the past three years, and
 
BECAUSE the International Committee of the Red Cross has documented the resulting deterioration in the health and living conditions for the 1.5 million Palestinians resident in Gaza, and
 
BECAUSE a peaceful relief convoy was attacked and boarded by Israeli Defence Forces resulting in the killing of nine civilians on board the relief ships, and
 
BECAUSE the action by Israel is illegal under international law and the blockade itself is tantamount to "collective punishment" which is illegal under the Geneva Conventions, and
 
BECAUSE governments and trade union organizations around the world have condemned Israel for these actions and are calling for a boycott and divestment from Israeli companies until these conditions are lifted,
 
THE VANCOUVER AND DISTRICT LABOUR COUNCIL WILL:
  • condemn the Israeli attack on the Gaza relief ships in international waters on May 31 which resulted in the deaths of nine civilians on board the ships; and
  • call for the total lifting of the illegal blockade of Gaza by Israel; and
  • support the call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel in support of these objectives.
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