Though this paper: BDS A Global Movement for Freedom and Justice, is 6 years old, it is still very pertinent today. Especially as some Countries and Cities are trying to outlaw, something that is totally legitimate and is morally correct.
One of the recommendations of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, mentioned in this paper;
Applying public pressure to ostracize the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and deny it its current legal status in most western countries as a tax exempt, charitable organization;
Jewish members of the UK’s Green Party‘s on several occasions, tried to put forward a motion to the party’s conference. Calling on the Green Party, to call on the Charity Commission, to withdraw charitable status from the Jewish National Fund. These motion were side-tracked and finally voted down, by a party claiming to stand for ‘equality and fairness’.
Another recommendation, which is extremely pertinent, in today’s environment;
Lobbying local councils and regional governments to strictly apply domestic and international laws which urge them to preclude from public contracts companies that are involved in “grave misconduct,” especially at the human rights level;
Labour controlled Manchester City Council, especially its leader, Richard Leese, have tried to stigmatise the BDS. Trying to equate the BDS movement to anti-Semitism, despite the fact Palestinians are Semites. Judaism is a religion, not a race! And recently we have New York City producing a blacklist, of those they believe are boycotting the State of Israel. Which is of course against the USA Constitution?
At the end of the day, those who are morally right, those who support Palestinians rights, will win in the end.
The UK definitely has gone backwards and is now in The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists days. With the Labour Party being no different than the present Conservative Government. Which is what happens in an undemocratic FPTP (First-Past-the Post) electoral system. A two-party state, with the two parties being almost identical! Also, the present situation in the UK, shows that capitalism does not work, wealth does not trickle down. Consumerism, part of the capitalist agenda, also increases inequality and accelerates depletion of finite resources and climate change.
The overall benefit cap level reduces by £115 per week from November and means no job no house. That is not scaremongering or exaggeration it is simple fact. As well as mass eviction of existing t…
More bad news for social housing in the UK! Social housing was brought in during the 1930’s by a Liberal Government. This was because of the disgracefully poor quality private rented properties. In the 1930s people were still living in hovels, in the ‘land fit for heroes’. Firstly under Labour, who continued with Thatcher’s policies and now under this satanic Conservative party. We are returning to the days of utter deprivation for most of the public: poverty-in-the-uk..
Child abuse was known about in the 1990s, for a Minister to state it was not understood, is diabolical. There was wide-spread political cover-ups of the situation, country-wide. My sister reported a manager in a children’s hostel, of suspected child grooming. Only for her to be moved to housing and for no action to be taken by Labour-controlled Manchester City Council! And Manchester City Council’s Children’s Services are still inadequate, leaving children vulnerable to child abuse; Manchester’s children put at risk
In yesterday’s Guardian, Margaret Hodge spoke about her time as leader of Islington Council, when it was proved that a paedophile network had been sexually abusing vulnerable children in every one of the council’s children’s homes.
Her own tenure was not without its controversies: within weeks of taking on the job, accusations resurfaced that while she was leader of Islington council, from 1982 to 1992, she had not done enough to follow up allegations that a child abuse ring was operating in her borough. When a victim protested her appointment as minister, she described him as an “extremely disturbed person” and tried to prevent the Today programme from airing his claims; she eventually had to make a formal apology in the high court and pay £10,000 in damages to a charity. “All that happened when we didn’t really understand child abuse in the way that we understand it now. This…
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The TUC supports the Governments stance on benefit sanctions. Who do the TUC and the Labour Party really represent?
They mention a member of the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee, Peter Wheeler sending out a letter promising to abolish this tax. The Labour Party made plenty of promises during the elections which saw Blair the war-criminal becoming Prime Minister. They never re-nationalised the Railways, improve nurses and auxiliaries wages and never overturned anti-union legislation. If any think, they reinforced anti-union legislation and never signed up to the EU’s ‘working-time directive’. The Labour Party is also not a party fit to govern the UK.
In a letter to constituency Labour organisations, Peter Wheeler, a member of the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee has stated: “To win the election it is vital that we are very clear with the electorate that a Labour Government will offer real hope to people suffering under this government.
“One of the key issues will be the bedroom tax. We need to be very clear that a Labour Government will abolish this wicked piece of Tory legislation.” He went on to call for constituencies to demand that this will be a part of the Labour election manifesto in 2015.