From the Muslim Public Affairs Commitee UK (MPAC or MPACUK):
The National Union of Journalists has voted at its annual meeting for a boycott of Israeli goods as part of a protest against last year’s pre-planned war against Lebanon.
The vote was carried 66 to 54, Mark Elf a Jewish Blogger comments on the number of votes:
“Too close, it’s true, so this will be revisited as is the case in other unions. But as long as the debates are had the true nature of the Zionist project will become clearer to more and more people. And that is also good news.”
At least members at the NUJ Annual Delegates Meeting members are free to vote and are not intimidated by the Far-Right & Pro-Israeli members taking images of who voted for motions condemning the apartheid state of Israel.
Throughout the years prominent peace activists have attacked Israel for it’s injustices against the Palestinian and Lebanese people, one famous example being the South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu who accused Israel of practicing apartheid in its policies towards the Palestinians.
The Nobel peace laureate said he was “very deeply distressed” by a visit to the Holy Land, adding that “it reminded me so much of what happened to us black people in South Africa”.
The vote came during a series of motions on international affairs and reads: “This ADM [annual delegate meeting] calls for a boycott of Israeli goods similar to those boycotts in the struggles against apartheid South Africa led by trade unions and the TUC [Trades Union Congress] to demand sanctions be imposed on Israel by the British government and the United Nations.”
Playing The Anti-Semitic Card Over & Over Again!
Far-Right Pro-Israeli Bloggers have already started their smear campaign against the NUJ with one using the anti-Semitic card on those who wish to see an end to the aggression of the racist state of Israel:
“It’s yet another tiresome example of the Left’s anti-Semitism masquerading as anti-Zionism.”
Another Blogger states:
“Well, the NUJ wouldn’t want to noodge. Jew-hating bastards.”
It is no secret that throughout the years the Israel Lobby have used smears, death threats and the anti-Semitic card to stifle free debate within Britain and those who wish to stand up for peace, justice and equality in the world.
Another Pro-Israeli blogger resorts to racism towards Arab people:
“Sometimes I genuinely fear that the time for arresting and reversing the process of Eurabization may be long gone.”
The motion was originally brought by the union’s South Yorkshire branch in February and was opposed by the Cumberland branch, which said it was too political and was not tied closely enough to journalistic matters.
After a show of hands twice failed to give a clear result, union scrutineers were called in and the doors to the conference room closed.
Boycott: The Peaceful Option Against Apartheid
The apartheid in South Africa didn’t stop until the power of the people came into being with boycotts. We should also remember that Israel was the only country in the world which kept close contact with the Apartheid State of South Africa and armed it with the latest weaponary. And now the State of Israel itself echoes what the South Africans Dropped – Apartheid.
Last year South Africa’s workers Union representing 1.2 million also joined in the boycott.
The Union President Madisha stated that:
“Atrocities committed against the Palestinians pale in comparison to those committed by the erstwhile apartheid regime in South Africa” [Should drop this quote as it doesn't strengthen our argument]
Growing Union Boycott of Israel
Unions throughout the world have started to boycott the apartheid state of Israel, because of its inhumane policies against the Palestinian people. In Canada, the largest union voted to boycott Israel, in Britain the National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education (Natfhe) voted to boycott Israeli lecturers and academic institutions who do not publicly dissociate themselves from Israel’s “apartheid policies” before it was merged, and then in South Africa, the Workers union representing 1.2 million joined in the boycott.
Also, just last year 61 Irish academics signed letter urging colleagues to boycott Israeli academic institutions in protest at ‘Israel’s policy of violent repression against the Palestinians’, which was met with vile and racists comments from Pro-Israeli’s such as:
“What do a bunch of drunk Leprechauns know?”
While another Pro-Israeli writes:
“If they not drunk or eating potatoes,they running down the English.The reality is that the Irish Catholics are pro anything thats anti Jewish, while the Irish Protestants fully support Israel.May the Catholic jerks burn in the very hell they fear so much, while they ironically pray to that great Jew “Jesus Christ”.Hypocrytes deserve what they get.
AM YISRAEL CHAI”
From the ynetnews.com talk back web site.
“Boycott Hinders Peace”
Already the cries of “Peace, peace!” are being heard from the Pro-Israeli Bloggers and Journalists. Isn’t it a bit hypocritical for these people to shout out that boycott hinders peace while they justify the economic sanctions against the Palestinians for democratically electing someone who they do not like.
Just to let you know, Israel rejected the hand of peace from the Muslim World, and here you are saying to those who wish to make a point peacefully and democratically that they are hindering peace?
Just like the boycott bought down the Apartheid in South Africa, it will bring about a peaceful solution to the Middle East once Israel knows that no longer do the British people wish to support its inhumane acts of cruelty against the people of Palestine.