The Scottish Trades Union Conference is expected next week to rubber-stamp plans for a boycott of Israel.And the case against boycott action?
Delegates at its annual congress will vote on whether to implement recommendations from a two-year investigation by its general council into alleged Israeli violations of human rights.
The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) has warned that the proposal for boycott, divestment and sanctions would expose Jews to attack, and has requested an urgent meeting with the organisation.So what made the STUC decide:
Delegates met Israeli and Palestinian trade union representatives and were given guided tours of Sderot, Yad Vashem, and towns in the West Bank and Gaza. They laid a wreath at Yasir Arafat’s grave in Ramallah.Anything else against?
Their report of the visit concluded: “In light of what we witnessed and heard in our meetings… it is the delegation’s view that the General Council should recommend to the annual congress the need to take a position of supporting boycott and divestments, and calling for sanctions against Israel because of the Israeli state’s violation of human rights.”
SCoJeC director Ephraim Borowski said: “We are saddened that the delegation ignored the growing level of expressly antisemitic abuse in this country and seem prepared to accept allegations against Israel virtually without question. They have given no consideration to the impact that a boycott would have on the Jewish community in Scotland, particularly since there is ample evidence that anti-Israel campaigners are often less than scrupulous in distinguishing Jews from Israelis.”Oh not more grief over 7 Jewish Children.
Any more against?
At Trade Union Friends of Israel, Steve Scott said the consequences of a boycott would be far-reaching.....My goodness, a boycott would make Israelis and Palestinians equal. I thought that was the idea. Now get boycotting, you good people.
“A boycott would affect Palestinian workers as much as Israelis, particularly in the agriculture and processing industries.”