Posted by: Lister | February 11, 2009

ICTU to boycott Israeli goods

The Belfast Telegraph:

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) launched a report on Israel and Palestine compiled by senior members who visited the troubled region.

[…] ICTU President Patricia McKeown led the Middle East visit that involved 11 senior members of the umbrella group representing trade unions across Ireland, including 36 trade unions with 250,948 members in Northern Ireland.

[…] “I was profoundly shocked by what we found,” said Ms McKeown.

“I didn’t expect the denial of human rights and the discrimination to be so evident and to be an obvious part of daily life.

“To see unemployment on the West Bank rising to 80%, to see people having to get up at three in the morning, and virtually sleep outside the the army controlled crossings in order to get into work – that’s something we didn’t expect to see.”

Their visit took place before the Gaza war.

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