Some people have reservations about the boycott as they worry that it will affect Palestinian workers or that it imperils academic freedoms, but this boycott has been called for by the Palestinians themselves. Regarding the first point about Palestinian workers, remember what Desmond Tutu said when the same objections were raised about the boycott of South Africa: “We have suffered so much all ready that we can endure more if it means that this system comes to an end sooner”. And about the academic freedoms of Israeli universities, the state of Israel does not care about the ‘academic freedom’ of Palestinian universities (in fact, they bombed the one in Gaza a few days ago!)
Statement by the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU)
PGFTU: We are all Gazans
Over the years and even at this moment, these efforts have been met only with terrorism against our people by the Israeli army of occupation which has indiscriminately destroyed homes and worksites, slaughtered our people, confiscated our land, established and expanded illegal settlements, and limited the movement of workers who are only trying to feed their families. These measures have affected every member of Palestinian society.
The recent construction of the Apartheid Wall stands as a symbol of the extent of Israel’s brutal aggression against the Palestinian people and denial of their legitimate rights, dignity and human needs.
We witnessed then as we experience now waves of support and solidarity and similar anger and energy against this brutal injustice. We cannot afford to let this surge of support pass us by without utilizing the moment to build our movement to face future challenges. The most important thing is to be aware and equipped.
· Help us create a strong voice for the working families of Gaza by building coalitions with unions, faith groups, antiwar movements and all social justice organizations.
· We join you in the hope that in the election of Barack Obama, he will fulfill his reputation as a pro-union antiwar candidate, and that he understands that the CHANGE he spoke about during the campaign must include a fundamental change in U. S foreign policy so that “FREE GAZA. …FREE PALESTINE” becomes more than just a slogan.
· We support and encourage your Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) efforts against Israel around the world, but especially in Europe and most particularly in the United States as a response to the harsh economic conditions, violations of labor and human rights, and other forms of oppression imposed by the illegal and immoral Israeli Apartheid occupation.
· We ask you to stop U. S aid to Israel. This becomes not only necessary but also a duty of international solidarity among labor unions around the world. It is U. S. government aid that provides Israel with the weapons of oppression and U. S. government support that enables them to use those weapons against our people.
· We ask you to be an active player in raising funds to meet the bare necessities of food, medicine and medical supplies for the people of Gaza.
With the will and determination of all the people, we can say “FREE PALESTINE … YES WE CAN.”
Make your check payable to the AAUMC (Arab American Union Members Council) and put PGFTU GAZA AID in the memo line.
Send it to P. O. Box 22518 San Francisco, CA 94122.
TO CONTRIBUTE DONATIONS TO THE PGFTU FOR GAZA RELIEF BY CREDIT CARD:
On-line donations will be accepted by the Middle East
Children’s Alliance (MECA) at:
Check off “Gift Information: I’d like to make this gift on behalf of” and fill in “PGFTU Gaza Relief” in the form.
Where it says: “Please send acknowledgement of this gift to:” put “ firstname.lastname@example.org ” as the email address.