TUC ON BOYCOTT
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