The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment&analysis -

Roger Lyons gives a pos­i­tive spin to the TUC vote for a se­lec­tive boy­cott and di­vest­ment against Is­rael ( JC, Septem­ber 25) in that the TUC Gen­eral Coun­cil state­ment on the Mid­dle East su­per­sedes the ex­trem­ist mo­tion from the Fire Brigades Union.

This was not pos­i­tive. It was the first Is­rael boy­cott de­clared by the trade union fed­er­a­tion of a ma­jor na­tion. No other coun­try — not even Iran, where hu­man rights are tram­pled on and elec­tions ma­nip­u­lated — is sub­ject to a TUC boy­cott.

The TUC’s state­ment fails to recog­nise Is­rael’s right to de­fend it­self even though the TUC never dis­puted the right of the Bri­tain to de­fend it­self by car­pet bomb­ing Dres­den in the Sec­ond World War. Any boy­cott will af­fect tens of thou­sands of Pales­tinian work­ers. If you want to sup­port both Is­rael and Pales­tinian work­ers alike, buy more Is­raeli goods. An­drew Bal­combe Chair­man, Zion­ist Fed­er­a­tion of Great Bri­tain BM Box 1948, Lon­don WC1N 3XX

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