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Australia: 11 Unions back campaign to boycott Israel

I am tickled to hear about growing support for BDS from Australian unions … and in such ocker Aussie accents! Well done, CFMEU! Meanwhile, the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) has a piece about Julia Gillard’s silence on the ”excesses” of Israel (as one former diplomat puts it too kindly IMO) and about her partner being given a job by a prominent Israel lobbyist.

From radio station 2SER:

The international campaign for Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment against Israel is starting to gain leverage in Australia, especially since the recent killings of nine Turkish solidarity activists. Since the May 31 attack on the flotilla of peace activists who were attempting to break the siege of Gaza and deliver humanitarian aid, several more trade unions and regional trade councils have signed up to the boycott campaign. The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) was the first Australian trade union to join the international boycott of Israel, even before the attack on the flotilla. Now eleven Australian trade unions and regional trade councils have joined the boycott. Mal Tulloch from the New South Wales CFMEU visited occupied Palestine earlier this year as part of a study tour to the Middle East organized by Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA. He spoke with 2SER’s Liz Cush.



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This entry was posted on 29 June, 2010 by in Audio, Australia, BDS, Israel, Palestine and tagged .

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