CWU Conference backs Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement

14 May 2018

Friday, 11th May 2018 – The Communications Workers’ Union has passed an emergency motion at its 9th Biennial Conference supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel over the killing of unarmed protestors in Gaza by the Israeli Defence Forces (‘IDF’). The motion instructs the CWU’s incoming National Executive Council to do all in its power to support the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and actively campaign for justice in Palestine.
 
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement was founded by the Palestinian Trade Union movement and civil society in 2005 in protest at the blockade and oppression of communities and workers in the occupied territories of Palestine and has gained widespread international support among trade unions and civil society. It has been gaining renewed support in response to the oppression and extra-judicial killing of protestors in Gaza by the IDF.
 
Speaking at the CWU Conference in support of the motion, CWU Officer, Ruairi Creaney said: “The people of Palestine have suffered under the illegal occupation of their homelands by Israel, which has been brutally enforced for half a century. Part of their strategy has been to dehumanise Palestinians, and we can see this from the lack of outrage from our governments and much of the media at the ongoing violation of basic human rights.”
 
He said: “Israel has been acting with complete impunity and their crimes have been met with a stark lack of international condemnation. Since governments, including the Irish government, have chosen to look away when innocent protesters are shot in the back, civil society and trade unions must take up this responsibility.
 
He said:  “The CWU is now officially endorsing and backing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel and its National Executive Council will act on this instruction from Conference in pressing the Irish government to stand up against Israel’s crimes and its system of Apartheid.”

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Ruairi Creaney of the CWU is available for interview, by arrangement. For media queries, please contact Jim Devlin at jim@cunninghamdevlin.ie; 087 2631057.