April 22, 2009

Palestine's friends in the north

The north of England that is, where calls for BDS have been made in the Lancashire town of Preston. Here's the Lancashire Evening Post:
Published Date: 20 April 2009
Preston should boycott any goods which come from Israel, a city councillor has said.
Socialist councillor Michael Lavalette, who represents the town centre on Preston Council, has called for the council to ban all Israeli goods in protest over the conflict in Gaza.

He is set to submit a notice of motion asking the council to back the call this week.

He also wants to ensure no council resources are invested in Israel.

And he says civic chiefs should write to supermarkets across the city and councils across the country urging them to join the protest.
But not everyone is so keen.
Tory and council leader Ken Hudson said: "I'm not sure this is something that is really for Preston.

"I'm not sure that we are going to invest in Israel and I'm not sure how many goods come into local supermarkets from Israel.

"I am, as I said at the special council meeting on Gaza, very keen that there is a peaceful world out there, but I'm not sure just exactly what we are doing by stirring up racial hatred."

Danny Gallagher, leader of the Lib Dem group on the council, said: "I can't see what he is going to gain from it, that's my personal view. What good is it going to do?"
And look who's here to put a word in for the Palestinians:
Joy Wolfe, of the Manchester Zionist Central Council, said: "I think it is highly inappropriate for our councils to do anything of this nature.
The very people he would want to help – the Palestinian people – will be the ones who suffer as a result of boycotting goods because they help to produce them."
Joy Wolfe, of course, has a bit of form when it comes to articulating Palestinian aspirations.

Still BDS is travelling well.


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