This Branch Notes
- According to numerous reports from UN bodies, as well as Human Rights Watch, B’Tselem, and the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa, Israeli policies constitute crimes of apartheid.
- According to the International Court of Justice, Israel’s Apartheid Wall (a.k.a. “separation barrier”) contravenes international law.
- Palestinians living in Israel continue to suffer third-class citizenship, with extreme discrimination in the fields of healthcare, education, and land ownership. Ethnic cleansing continues, most recently in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah.
- Against this backdrop, on 18 May Palestinian trade unions organised a general strike, and called on trade unions elsewhere for support
This Branch Believes that:
- Unions have a responsibility to heed the calls of oppressed peoples, and should support the Palestinian people’s struggle against oppression. Palestinian lives matter.
- Much as an international movement that included calls to boycott, sanction and divest from South Africa contributed to the toppling of its apartheid regime, so today, the BDS campaign offers an effective way to raise awareness, mobilise solidarity, and pressure organisations to change their practices toward Israel.
This Branch Resolves:
- to support the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), issued by Palestinian academics as part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.