Monday, May 29, 2006

Canadian Union Calls for Boycott of Isreal

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Canada's most powerful union, voted overwhelmingly on on May 27th to support a campaign against the Israeli occupation of Palestine. CUPE's campaign will first focus on tearing down the "apartheid wall" that herds Palestinians into impoverished ghettos. The wall was deemed illegal by the International Court of Justice in June of 2004, but as usual Israel ignored international law

CUPE will be using boycotts, strikes, and political pressure to stop Canadian compliance with Israeli terror. Katherine Nastovski, chairwoman of the CUPE Ontario International Solidarity Committee noted, “Boycott, divestment, and sanction worked to end apartheid in South Africa. We believe the same strategy will work to enforce the rights of Palestinian people, including the right of refugees to return to their homes and properties.” CUPE will work to end the free trade pact that Canada has with Israel, and specifically the import of Israeli wines, which are often produced in occupied territories.

The International Solidarity Movement has the full text of the resolution passed by The Canadian Union of Public Employees.