Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) is a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality. BDS upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity.
Ireland Palestinian Solidarity Campaign has warmly welcomed the strong Palestinian solidarity motion passed at the biennial Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) conference last weekend. This resolution called for boycott and divestment from Israel and companies such as CRH who are building Israel's apartheid Wall, and for support for beleaguered Palestinian trade unions. The motion authorized the leadership of the Irish trade union movement to undertake a wide range of measures to oppose Israel?s oppressive actions and to show solidarity with Palestinians.
On July 4th, the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU) has passed a motion at its biennial conference in support of a customer boycott against Apartheid Israel.
Following in the footsteps of other unions around the world who have taken up the boycott, the biggest general union in the UK, with over 800,000 members, also vowed to take part in the lobby of British parliament on November 2nd and demanding the UK government take a stronger stand against Israel.
The UK House of Commons International Development Select Committee called on the Labour government to press for sanctions against Israel over its treatment of the Palestinian people.
The cross-party committee that the UK should now urge its fellow members in the EU to consider suspending the EU-Israel association agreement as first step in putting pressure on the Israeli government to end this oppression. To see the Select Committee Report, click here.
The Right to Education (R2E) Student Committee in Birzeit University welcomes the motion passed by UNISON, the biggest trade union of public workers in the UK, and calls for student-wide mobilisation on boycotting Israel as a means to defend the right to education of Palestinians and end the occupation.
To read the full text and for links to relevant UNISON webpages, click here.