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The bad news of the NATFHE boycott has been been surpassed by the even worse news of a boycott by CUPE Ontario - Canadian Union of Public Employees' Ontario wing (see source below). This resolution calls for financial divestment as well, and union officials claim they will be pursuing the program.


The measures endorsed by CUPE Ontario go far beyond that. On the weekend, members explicitly agreed to support an "international campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions" because of the "apartheid-like practices of the Israeli state." CUPE Ontario hopes to persuade other Canadian unions to follow suit.

Leaders of B'nai Brith Canada, the Canadian Jewish Congress and the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center are calling the vote outrageous, unrepresentative of the views of most union members and inconsiderate of both the historic and present-day realities of life in Israel.

Sid Ryan, president of CUPE Ontario, says he will stand firm and follow through with specific actions, such as trying to persuade public-sector pension funds to dump Israeli bonds.



As I wrote previously, the situation is far worse than we thought. Opponents of Israel have carried out a patient and persistent anti-Zionist campaign aimed especially at leaderhsip and institutions in organizations such as unions, churches and educational institutions, and the campaign is showing its ugly results. It is questionable whether these votes represent the sentiments of the membership of these groups.

Other than overturning the boycott resolution, what is the most effective response? Some have proposed to boycott the bocotters (see - Time to boycott the boycotters). A broad education effort may be much more effective.

Following is a partial list of boycott resources:


Here is a portal with numerous pages of resources about boycotts and divestment:
anti-Israel Boycott and Divestment Initiatives
http://www.zionism-israel.com/the_zionism_boycotts.htm

A systematic examination of myths and claims of the boycott movement:
Boycott facts and myths
http://www.israel-palestina.info/israel_boycott.html

A portal section to general resources that address the different anti-Zionist arguments and myths including "Apartheid" and many others: Zionism and Israel FAQ
http://www.zionism-israel.com/issues

Academic Boycotts
http://www.zionismontheweb.org/academic_boycott/

LabourStart Israel News Database
http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Israel

Ami Isseroff



Join Israel boycott, CUPE tells members
Resolution passes at annual meeting
COLIN FREEZE
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20060530.ISRAEL30/TPStory/TPNational/Ontario/

CUPE Ontario leaders decided this weekend to urge members to join a boycott against Israel -- a hard-line stand that critics describe as a misguided and ill-considered interposition into Middle East affairs that may be without precedent in Canada.

Even unions that have been sympathetic to Palestinian causes say they wouldn't go anywhere near as far as measures endorsed by the Canadian Union of Public Employees' Ontario wing.

"No, we don't support the boycott," said Arthur Sandborn, of the 200,000-strong Confťdťration des syndicats nationaux in Quebec. "None of the major unions [in Quebec] are actually supporting this."

Earlier this year, Mr. Sandborn's union was accused of supporting a boycott against Israel, even though he said that CSN members never did so -- nor would they.

At its annual meeting on Sunday, CUPE Ontario, which represents nearly half of the public-sector union's 450,000 members across Canada, unanimously passed a resolution to boycott Israel.

This resolution followed calls for solidarity from Palestinian groups, which have urged union leaders worldwide to join them in condemning Israel's controversial security wall; its critics have dubbed the wall an "apartheid" barrier.

Some unions in other countries are joining in. A union representing nearly 70,000 British teachers voted yesterday to engage in academic protests, such as refusing to co-operate with Israeli academics or Israeli research journals.

The measures endorsed by CUPE Ontario go far beyond that. On the weekend, members explicitly agreed to support an "international campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions" because of the "apartheid-like practices of the Israeli state." CUPE Ontario hopes to persuade other Canadian unions to follow suit.

Leaders of B'nai Brith Canada, the Canadian Jewish Congress and the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center are calling the vote outrageous, unrepresentative of the views of most union members and inconsiderate of both the historic and present-day realities of life in Israel.

Sid Ryan, president of CUPE Ontario, says he will stand firm and follow through with specific actions, such as trying to persuade public-sector pension funds to dump Israeli bonds.

He added that the declaration was unanimous among the 900 CUPE Ontario members who voted on it. The national CUPE headquarters has not endorsed any Israel boycott.

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