Don't buy settlement goods, says TUC
The TUC and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) are today (Thursday) calling on consumers not to buy goods from illegal Israeli settlements.
Launching a leaflet - Would You Buy Stolen Goods? - and a briefing for unions to
promote the campaign, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
'Israeli settlements are built on stolen Palestinian land and are illegal under international law. By confiscating land and resources, and encouraging conflict, they make life a misery for ordinary Palestinian workers and their families. And as
Israel's recent announcement of yet more settlement building shows, they are the biggest obstacle to resuming peace talks.
'It's easy for us to feel powerless about this situation, but as consumers we can make a difference by not supporting the businesses that sustain these settlements. So next time you're shopping, make sure you don't buy goods labelled: 'Product of the
West Bank (Israeli Settlement produce)'.
'This is not a call for a general boycott of Israeli goods and services which would hit ordinary Palestinian and Israeli workers. Nor should workers in Britain put
their own jobs at risk by refusing to deal with goods from the settlement goods.
Instead, we're calling for targeted, consumer-led sanctions to send a clear
message against the settlements.
'And with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign we're also calling on the UK Government to make sure that the EU bans the sale of these goods.'
NOTES TO EDITORS:
- Would You Buy Stolen Goods? is available at www.tuc.org.uk/extras/settlementgoodsleaflet.pdf
Activists who heckled Israeli quartet cleared of racism charge
Five pro-Palestinian activists have been cleared of racism after a court threw out charges that they were guilty of racially aggravated conduct against members of an Israeli orchestra.
The four men and one woman were accused of being racially abusive after they repeatedly disrupted a concert by the Jerusalem string quartet at the Edinburgh international festival in August 2008 by protesting about Israel's bombing of Gaza and the group's links to the Israeli army.
The same quartet were the focus of similar protests at Wigmore Hall in London last week, when five protesters were thrown out of the concert but not arrested.