STUC has a long history of support for the Palestinian struggle and has previously campaigned for economic, political and social pressure to be applied to the Israeli Government and world powers, to reach a peaceful and just two state solution for Palestine and Israel.
STUC considers the illegal occupation of Palestinian Land, the construction of the separation wall and the annexation of areas of the West Bank and the blockade of the Gaza Strip to be a major impediment to a peaceful and just settlement.
Israel’s tight control of the border of the Gaza’s borders limits access to foodstuffs, building materials and medical supplies, while large areas have been destroyed and families have been displaced and left homeless. 90% of Gaza’s water is now undrinkable and sanitation-related diseases are common, power supplies are unreliable and industrial businesses are unable to import raw materials, while deepening levels of poverty means the majority of the population are now aid-dependent.
Practical Trade Union solidarity activity with Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and the Gaza strip such as the FBU Dundee to Nablus project
A campaign of Boycott Disinvestment and Sanctions.A campaign pack can be downloaded here
STUC calls for the boycott of G4S, a British-Danish private security company that provides services and equipment to Israeli prisons, checkpoints, the Apartheid Wall and the Israeli police. G4S provides security systems and other services for major Israeli prisons which hold Palestinian political prisoners from occupied Palestinian territory inside Israel. This is in contravention of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention which prohibits the transfer of prisoners from occupied territory into the territory of the occupier. G4S also provides equipment for prisons and detention facilities in the occupied West Bank, at which human rights organisations have documented systematic torture and ill treatment of Palestinian prisoners, including child prisoners. G4S provides equipment and services to Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank that form part of the route of Israel’s illegal Wall and to the terminals isolating the occupied and besieged territory of Gaza. G4S has also signed contracts for equipment and services for the West Bank Israeli Police headquarters and to private businesses based in illegal Israeli settlements. http://www.palestinecampaign.org/campaign/g4s/#sthash.mmZmFRc9.dpuf
Occupation of E1
Congress calls on the UK Government and the Scottish Government to implement sanctions against Israel with the objective of reversing the illegal annexation of ‘E1’, and encourage affiliated unions to support the call of Palestinian civil society for Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions against Israel.”
Background to STUC call for BDS
At STUC Congress 2007 a resolution was carried which called on the General Council to explore the merits of the calls for boycott, disinvestment and sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel until it complies with international law and agreed human rights principles.
In September 2007 the General Council agreed a process for considering the BDS calls. A crucial part of this process was to visit the region and discuss BDS directly with trade unions from Israel and Palestine. A delegation of eleven trade unionists from the STUC visited Israel and Palestine in Spring 2009.