UK National Union of Teachers supports boycott call

NUT_UK_logo20 April 2014, National Union of Teachers (NUT), Press Release:

Commenting after the debate on Motion 31, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“We call on the British Government to pursue vigorously the dismantling of the 700km-long wall which separates many Palestinians from their schools and their land, and to support the UN’s call for the lifting of the blockade of Gaza.

“Children wherever they are should be entitled to a life without fear and to receive an education in which their own heritage is reflected. As Education International says, schools should be a place of safety.

“The Union will continue to call upon the UK Government to fulfil international obligations in relation to the treatment of Palestinian Child Prisoners. This was the pledge given by our recent delegation to Palestine led by our ex-President Beth Davies.”

NUT Annual Conference, 18-22 April 2014 – Conference Motion passed:

“Conference instructs the Executive to:

  1.  support TUC policy, to “boycott the goods of, companies who profit from illegal settlements, the Occupation and the construction of the Wall”;
  2.  pressure the UK Government to call on the Israeli Government to comply with international law and human rights treaties;
  3. work to win the backing of Education International and the ETUC(E) for these policies and to seek to collaborate with like-minded unions internationally;
  4. convey these views to the Israeli Teachers Union;
  5. express our solidarity with the GUPT for its objectives for education and discuss with them ways to develop this solidarity;
  6. call for an end to the discrimination against Palestinian students and teachers within Israel;
  7. encourage divisions to make links with Palestinian teachers and schools including organising delegation exchanges;
  8. encourage Associations, Schools and Divisions to publicise the report of the delegation to members; invite speakers to their meetings and encourage active membership participation in work on this issue;
  9. organise a special meeting for Division representatives and International Solidarity Officers to present the report, explain Union policy, outlining ways to develop the work and incorporate regular updates in Divisional Secretaries briefings and school representatives training; and
  10. continue to campaign for the rights of Palestinian children including child prisoners and work to engage all members in this campaign encouraging individual membership of and affiliation to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and support for Action for Palestinian Children Prisoners;
  11. educate the membership through publications, divisions and international solidarity officers of the ‘Pinkwashing’ propaganda used by Israel to make their citizens and the wider world believe that they are progressive in respect of LGBT rights, while distracting attention away from the human rights abuses they have instigated by their occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.”

 See also article at Middle East Monitor: “Europe’s largest teachers’ union endorses Israel boycott call”