9 July 2015, via Irish Congress of Trade Unions
CONGRESS LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN CALLING FOR BOYCOTT OF ISRAELI SETTLEMENT GOODS
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions today (July 9) formally launched a campaign calling for the boycott of Israeli settlement goods.
The campaign targets goods and services produced in the illegal Israeli settlements established on occupied Palestinian land and Congress is encouraging all affiliated trade unions and members to refuse to purchase these goods.
Congress International Development Officer David Joyce said: “The campaign originates from successive motions passed by unions affiliated to Congress over a number of years and is supported by Palestinian civil society. We would ask members to actively support the campaign and boycott settlement goods and ask your local retailer to refrain from stocking them.”
The Israeli settlements – some of which are so large they have gained city status – are illegal under international law.
Congress has also urged the Irish government to take the lead at an EU level to bring about a complete ban on settlements goods.