Australian Trade Unions Leader attacks BDS

By mattpryor
October 13, 2010

Via BUYcott Israel:

Recently, Australian trade union leader Paul Howes delivered a powerful address in Melbourne with the title of "Standing Up to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement."

In a speech to the Zionist Federation of Australia, Howes stated that BDS "is an attempt to demonise Israel; to undermine its legitimacy by suggesting its people: the working families; the companies seeking to export; academics wanting to take part in intellectual pursuits with colleagues everywhere...None of them should be treated fairly, decently and equally in the global marketplace.

"On that basis I can't see how any unionist can back the international BDS movement."

Click here to read this inspiring speech in its entirety.

Fantastic speech, when will our trade union leaders take note and grow a pair?


Jonathan Hoffman

Wed, 10/13/2010 - 12:54

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Fantastic - thanks for posting this.

Paul Howes puts Brendan Barber to shame. Barber followed the TU barons' Israel-bashing without a murmour of dissent.

Jonathan Hoffman

Wed, 10/13/2010 - 13:10

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This speech is compulsory reading, it is brilliant.

I cannot imagine any British Trade Union lesder writing it in a million years


Wed, 10/13/2010 - 14:08

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Ha! In the mould of former Aussie PM Bob Hawke, a great friend of Israel, and former head of the Aussie trade union movement. Thanks for finding this, Matt.


Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:34

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I am waiting for our anti-Israel posters to tell us why Mr Howes is wrong.


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