Monday, July 9, 2007

Major British unions denounce Israel's 'criminal policies in Palestinian territories', and vote to boycott Israel

"Major British workers' union joins moves to boycott Israel"

By Haim Bior

July 8, 2007

Full article on the Web at:

"Britain's Transport and General Workers' Union has called upon its 800,000 members to boycott Israeli-made products based on what they term Israel's 'criminal policies in Palestinian territories.'

"The decision to call for a boycott, reached at a union conference in Brighton, is declarative and does not include concrete steps to implement the boycott.

"The TGWU is the second British union to call for a boycott on Israel this year - last month the British public services union UNISON also urged its members to refrain from purchasing Israeli products, basing the call on Israel's 'criminal behavior in the territories,' and Israel's responsibility for the Second Lebanon War.

"In the last six months, Ontario, Canada's public services union also proposed a similar anti-Israel boycott, as did several professional unions in South Africa. In addition, Britain's University and College Union called upon its members earlier this year to consider an academic boycott of Israel, which would include holding funding from research projects run by Israeli professors and preventing Israeli lecturers from participating in seminars.... "

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