World’s trade unions call for peace in the Middle East
The global trade union movement adopted new policy on the conflict in the Middle East at their world congress in Vancouver this week, with support from the trade union movements of Israel and Palestine. Eight paragraphs in a more general resolution on peace analysed the impact on Palestinian workers of the conflict in the region, and called both the right of Israel to exist next to a viable Palestinian state.
The ITUC condemned the blockade of Gaza and the separation wall (known to the PGFTU as the discrimination wall) , as well as the illegal settlements on the West Bank. Whilst amendments describing Israel as an apartheid state and calling for a full-scale boycott of Israel were withdrawn (not least because they would have been defeated), the resolution does indicate, in a coded support for the TUC position of sanctions on settlement goods, that:
“economic relations with the settlements help to sustain their existence, in violation of international law.”