South African Boycott of Israel

Israel faces a new boycott as the huge Cosatu trade union of South Africa vowed to refuse Israel goods due in the port of Durban.

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Dockers to boycott Israeli goods
Dockers to boycott Israeli goods
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Israel faces a new boycott as the huge Cosatu trade union of South Africa vowed to refuse "apartheid Israeli" goods due to arrive in the port of Durban on Thursday and Sunday. The union previously has refused to unload goods from countries it calls "dictatorial and oppressive."

The local Palestine Solidarity Committee and Young Communist League announced a series of protests starting on Thursday in Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town and the city of Benoni, according to the South African Daily News website. "This follows the decision by Cosatu to strengthen the campaign in South Africa for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against apartheid Israel," they explained.

The union also revealed that western Australian workers refused to handle Israeli goods.
 
"We call on other workers and unions to follow suit and to do all that is necessary to ensure that they boycott all goods to and from Israel until Palestine is free," said the joint statement by Cosatu and the Palestinian and Communist committees.

The union called on workers all over the world to follow suit in an effort to strangle Israel economically. A boycott by dockworkers "should shockwaves to [Israel's] arrogant patrons in the United States who foot the bill for Israel's killing machine."

The South African Jewish Board of Deputies charged that the union's is a political action intended "to show its muscle" towards upcoming national elections. "It is a pity Cosatu cannot show the same solidarity with its own brothers in the African continent," Board chairman Zev Krengel told the Daily News. "More than 3,000 people in Zimbabwe have died of cholera, yet we do not see any protest about that."

Foreign Minister spokesman Yigal Palmor said responded, "If these people think that by refusing to unload shipments from Israel they are promoting peace, they should go back to school because they have misread the situation in the Middle East big time."

In Turkey, the Consumers Association has urged a boycott on Israeli products, and the Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia is calling for a boycott of products by several large United States companies to protest the American government's not denouncing Israel for the Cast Lead counterterrorist campaign in Gaza.

Among the companies whose products consumers are urged to avoid are Colgate-Palmolive Co., Coca-Cola and the Starbucks coffee chain. A similar boycott in the country aganist McDonalds's has proven ineffective.





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