Board response to TUC Israel boycott vote

October 21, 2014 - Board of Deputies - Share: Twitter Facebook

The Board has issued the following statement following the passing of a motion calling for a boycott of Israel at the annual Trade Union Congress (TUC) conference in Liverpool:

A Board spokesman said: The TUC is being led by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign into further supporting boycotts and sanctions on Israel. Today’s decision will mean that the TUC will provide the infrastructure of the anti-Israel boycott movement, funding and organising its conferences and coordinating its campaigns.

Today’s General Council statement condemns antisemitism while speaking positively about the antisemitic Hamas, and doesn’t even mention rocket attacks on Israel. It supports a two-state solution, but refuses to work to make the two-state solution a reality by, for example, supporting cooperation and peace-building projects. The TUC’s actions are instead focused on pulling Israeli and Palestinian workers further apart.