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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

 

Canadian, British Unions Back Human Rights for Palestinians

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.

Katherine Nastovski, chair of the CUPE Ontario International Solidarity Committee

Over 170 Palestinian federations, political parties, unions, and other organziations called for boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel 'until it complies with complies with international law and universal declarations of human rights.'

In the past few days there have been significant developments in the Palestinian resistance movement. The 200,000 member Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
voted for Resolution 50 which supports "the international campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law including the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194."

The other success was the endorsement of an academic boycott by the 67,000 member British lecturers' union Natfhe on Monday.

Tom Hickey, who proposed the Natfe resolution quoted in the Guardian today, "This was about raising a debate in a way that we hope can change things. In that sense it has already succeeded beyond its wildest dreams."

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