Why Palestine is a key issue for UK trade unions

Sarah Colborne
United Kingdom
24 September 2012
Members of the Trades Union Congress in the UK unanimously voted to campaign towards ending Israel’s devastating siege on Gaza.

Palestinian labor expresses solidarity with European trade unions resisting austerity, supporting BDS measures

The Palestinian Trade Union Coalition for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions has issued a statement of solidarity with European trade unions resisting public spending cuts and job losses and restated its support for proactive BDS campaigns and a boycott of the Histadrut.

New book deconstructs myth that the Zionist left wants peace

Jimmy Johnson
2 March 2012
Anti-Zionist scholar, writer and longtime activist Tikva Honig-Parnass’s new book False Prophets of Peace: Liberal Zionism and the Struggle for Palestine critically analyzes Israel’s left.

Book identifies pressure points for boycott actions

Asa Winstanley
17 February 2012
A new handbook for BDS activists around the world offers tactical and practical suggestions for strengthening global boycott actions.

New Pappe book highlights plight of forgotten Palestinians

Asa Winstanley
7 December 2011
Historian Ilan Pappe addresses the plight of Palestinians who remained in the new State of Israel following the Nakba in The Forgotten Palestinians.

Boycott Israel campaign grows among UK unions, despite Zionist backlash

Asa Winstanley
30 November 2011
So many UK trade unions have now passed motions in support of the Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions movement that even the often conservative Trades Union Congress has been compelled to change policy.

The Electronic Intifada barred from reporting inside UK “delegitimization” conference

An anti-Palestinian conference due to take place in the UK tomorrow has barred The Electronic Intifada from attending the event, despite admitting other journalists will be given free entry. “The Big Tent For Israel” in Manchester will bring together an alliance of pro-Israel groups specifically to combat the increasingly successful Palestinian campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS). New Israeli ambassador Daniel Tuab is due to address the conference as keynote speaker, according to its program. The event is focused on a 2010 report by influential Israeli think tank the Reut Institute, which named London as the “hub of hubs of delegitimization”.

UK trade unionists put Histadrut under review; victory declared over Agrexco liquidation

Two significant milestones in the Palestinian-led movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) were marked this week with a vote by the UK’s Trades Union Congress to reconsider its ties with Israel’s national trade union federation, and with the confirmation that boycott target Agrexco was ordered into liquidation.

Palestinian trade union movement forms historic BDS coalition

The first ever Palestinian trade union conference for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel was held in Ramallah last week on 30 April. A historic formation was made at the conference with the establishment of the Palestinian Trade Union Coalition for BDS (PTUC-BDS) — the largest coalition of the Palestinian trade union movement.

Histadrut: Israel's racist "trade union"

Tony Greenstein
9 March 2009


Histadrut has always been a strange creature. In most countries one joins a trade union which is affiliated to a national trade union federation. In Israel one first joins Histadrut and then one is allocated to a union. It is only outside Israel that Histadrut is seen as a normal trade union, the Israeli equivalent of the British Trade Union Congress or the American union movement AFL/CIO. Less well known is the fact that Histadrut, an organization of the settler Jewish working class, was the key Zionist organization responsible for the formation of the Israeli state. Tony Greenstein looks at Histadrut’s role in the oppression of the Palestinian people.

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