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.
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.
n August 2006 activists called on the public to divest from Dexia Bank because of its links to Israeli finance. The bank has retail outlets in Luxembourg and Belgium.
In February 2001, Dexia Bank took over an Israeli bank, Otzar HaShilton HaMekomi Ltd (OSM), becoming the first European Bank to engage in such a takeover. Dexia controls now 65,31% of the shares, 65,99% of the voting rights and 66,67% of the right to nominate the directers.
At 1pm on 18 August, approximately 20 activists from London, Brighton, Reading and the nearby Climate Camp entered the Carmel Agrexco site in Hayes Middlesex where some activists have D-locked the gates shut. They are being entertained by Samba. Four police arrived on the scene almost immediately.
This afternoon a group of protesters from anarchist group State Of
Emergency have blockaded the main UK warehouse of Israeli company
Carmel Agrexco in Hayes, Middlesex.
The publication of Towards a Global Movement: A framework for today’s anti-apartheid activism has provoked a storm of media attention. The full report is available on the BDSMovement website. A summary of the report, by Stop the Wall (The Palestinian Grassroots Anti Apartheid Wall Campaign)
was published in the UK by War on Want.
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.
The opening of "Israel Week" at the Galeria Kaufhof department store in Berlin spurred a demonstration Saturday against Israeli food products originating in the territories. Protesters held signs reading "No to settlement products" and "Stop the Israel-EU Association Agreement." Groups protesting included The Jewish Voice, a Jewish-German organization opposed to the occupation, and Solidarity with Palestine, German teenagers affiliated with the radical left.
Germans protest sale of food from West Bank settlements
Ratcheting up the simmering debate over how Protestant denominations should express their concern about Israel, the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church is advising congregations and individuals to divest their holdings from a wide variety of American corporations that the United Methodists believe support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), which has almost five million members in the US, took a step toward a partial boycott of Israeli goods at its 2007 Churchwide Assembly in Chicago last week, Saturday 19 August. The assembly, the church's top legislative authority, passed a resolution calling to work toward a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and urging investment in the Palestinian Authority.