Majority of speakers not opposed to a complete boycott of Israel.
Jerusalem Post, 16 April 2010
Ireland’s national trade union federation is hosting a conference in Dublin on Friday on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with a majority of speakers either firm advocates or not opposed to a complete boycott of Israel.
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), which last year voted to support a boycott of Israeli goods and services, described the conference as an “international conference on the Middle East which will feature contributions from Palestine, Israel, the US, Canada, South Africa and the EU.”
Titled “Palestine-Israel: The way forward for Trade Union Solidarity,” the one-day conference for trade union members and affiliates has been accused of aiding those who want to isolate and demonize Israel.
“This kind of one-sided Israel-bashing will do little to promote the goal of peace and reconciliation in the Middle East – but will aid those who want to isolate and demonize Israel,” said Eric Lee, spokesman for the Trade Unions Linking Israel and Palestine (TULIP), a movement working to unite trade unions and nongovernmental organizations to counter boycott calls of Israel.
There will be two pro-Israel speakers at the conference: the Histadrut’s International Department director Avital Shapira, and Arieh Lebowitz from the Jewish Labor Committee.
But the remaining speakers either do not oppose a boycott or are major players in the “boycott, divestment and sanctions” (BDS) campaign against Israel.
Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin is also addressing the conference. The Irish government is opposed to any trade sanctions or boycotts against Israel.