The National Union of Journalism voted against a motion to support a boycott of all Israeli goods and support the Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
Delegates at Eastbourne were told by Michelle Stanistreet that journalists working in the Middle East, Palestine and Occupied territories would be put in jeopardy if the motion was passed. She stressed that the boycott motion would be decided by the NUJ conference and not by outside bodies, but it was a decision which must reflect the interests and safety of our own members.
She pointed out that the NUJ's colleagues in Palestine had not asked the union to introduce a boycott.
The supporters of the boycott motion, didn't exactly help themselves by coming up with the ridiculous notion that "Israel is the biggest bully in the world.
Utter nonsense from guess who? Alan Gibson of the Socialist bloody Workers Party.
What about North Korea, China, Iran, Putin's Russia......????????
Such comments by the BDS bigots show how narrow and full of hate their views are.
Meanwhile Labour leader Ed Miliband has also spoken out against boycotts. Jewish News reports:
In order to get a peaceful solution to the Israel/Palestine conflict, the trade union movement must work for compromise and conciliation on both sides.
The BDS are part of the problem, not the solution.
Hat-tip: Sarah AB at Harry's Place