Sunday, 02 January, 2011
U.S. trade unionists are circulating an open letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka challenging his attack on the movement for boycott, sanctions and divestment (BDS) against Israel and explaining why the BDS movement is necessary, especially in the wake of Israel's brutal assault on Gaza a year ago.
"Sanctions alone cannot eradicate apartheid; that task is ultimately left to the people of South Africa themselves. But economic pressure and political isolation of the South African government can hasten the day when justice and freedom reign in that troubled land."
--Richard L. Trumka, June 23, 1987
"We call on other workers and unions to...do all that is necessary to ensure that they boycott all goods to and from Israel until Palestine is free."
--Congress of South African Trade Unions, February 3, 2009
"We urge all international trade unions to heed the call of Palestinian civil society, including the trade union movement, by endorsing BDS. We further urge all trade unions and trade union federations to sever their links with the Histadrut, a Zionist organization that has always played a key role in perpetuating Israel's occupation, colonization and system of racial discrimination, and that has justified and applauded Israel's war crimes in Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009."
--Palestinian Trade Union Movement Unanimously Confirms Support for BDS, November 25, 2009