15 November 2009

BDS campaign is bad news for Palestinians

In an extraordinary series of blog postings, British trade unionists visiting Israel and Palestine have learned that Palestinian workers and their unions are not enthusiastic supporters of the campaign for boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) targetting Israel.
Who would have thought so? Certainly not the shrill anti-Zionist crowd led by the likes of Naomi Klein. Do-gooders in designer garb gallivanting around the globe rarely, if at all, "descend" to the level of workers who care about being able to make their living.

You can read more about the findings of the TUFI (TUFI was established to promote Israeli-Palestinian trade union co-operation and strengthen the links between the Israeli, Palestinian and British trade union movements) delegation to Israel and Palestine here.

TUFI is supported by TULIP: Trade union leaders from three continents have announced the launch of a new global movement "to challenge the apologists for Hamas and Hizbollah in the labour movement" and to fight for a two-state solution to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. The movement is called TULIP - Trade Unions Linking Israel and Palestine.