Unite, Britain’s biggest trade union and the leading labor union backer of the Labour Party, voted this week to support BDS, the boycott/divestment/sanctions movement, but also to reject the peace process. The report is at Middle East Monitor:
A motion titled “Israeli-Palestinian Co-operation” was not carried, however. The motion expressed support for the stricken U.S.-led peace talks and encouraged engagement with both Israeli and Palestinian trade unions.
The vote is further evidence that the two-state paradigm is collapsing. Even as Martin Indyk and the US establishment affirm that the two-state solution is the only option, the failure of the peace process and Israel’s relentless expansion have made these declarations highly doubtful. Europe is turning increasingly to boycott measures; even Roger Cohen, a liberal Zionist, says the Green Line is “long-forgotten;” and many on the left are offering more inclusive alternatives (like Noam Chomsky’s vision of a binational alternative at our site last year).
Here is a portion of Memo’s report on the motions that carried:
Unite, Britain’s biggest trade union, has slammed Israel as “guilty of the crime of apartheid” and committed itself to BDS campaigning…
The motion commits Unite to taking “bolder steps like those that were taken against the South African apartheid regime” as part of the fight against “the Israeli ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people”. The union will work with others to develop a “campaigning and leverage strategy around BDS within the next 12 months”, notably “against complicit companies involved in the occupation, the apartheid wall and the illegal settlements (such as Veolia, G4S and Sainsbury’s)”.