Major US Industrial Union Joins BDS Movement

Citing Israel's 'history of violating human rights,' United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America votes to boycott Jewish state.

Cynthia Blank ,

BDS supporters in Berlin
BDS supporters in Berlin

A major industrial union in the United States has voted in favor of supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

Citing the Jewish state's "long history of violating the human rights of the Palestinians," the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America have reportedly become the first nationwide union to join the boycott against Israel. 

The UE's national convention met in Baltimore last week where it voted on several foreign policy issues including the call to boycott Israel as well as support for the Iran nuclear deal. 

The resolution, titled "Justice and Peace for the Peoples of Palestine and Israel," was put on the union's slate after a meeting with Palestinian trade unionists at the World Social Forum in Tunisia. 

In a statement on the EU's website, the union attacks Israel for its human rights record "starting with the ethnic cleansing of 750,000 Palestinians in 1947-48 that turned most of Palestine into the State of Israel."

The goal of endorsing BDS, the union said, was "to pressure Israel to end its apartheid over the Palestinians just as similar tactics helped to end South African apartheid in the 1980s." 

The UE also called on the US to cut off financial aid to Israel as well as issued support for the Palestinian "right to return."