From Online Press Gazette
By Patrick Smith
Friday, 13 April 2007
The National Union of Journalists has voted to boycott all Israeli
goods for “aggression” in Palestinian territories.
After almost an hour of debate at today’s Annual Delegate’s Meeting in Birmingham,
the conference voted 66 to 54 in favour of the ban.
The controversial clause was part of a motion proposed by James Gosling,
of the Press and PR branch, and called for the union to “condemn the savage,
pre-planned attack on Lebanon” last summer and the “slaughter of civilians
in Gaza” over the last few years.
Paragraph four read: “That [this] ADM 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 to demand sanctions be imposed on Israel
by the British government.”
Cash Rathbash from member from Books branch proposed that the conference
vote on the motion, which was passed, and debate this paragraph itself.
After two re-counts the motion was passed with the boycott intact.
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