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Friday, August 03, 2007

El pueblo unido jamás será vencido: as they say in Palestine.

I've made it plain in earlier posts that I'm not on the whole a believer in boycotts as a way of achieving political ends, and much prefer continuing dialogue. So I find this news heartening, coming as it does at a time when some trade unionists - both in the UK and in Palestine - are in the spotlight for discussing, and in some cases actually calling for, a boycott of contacts with their Israeli counterparts.

As trade unionists, we may have political differences with the Israeli government; we may believe that Histadrut (the Israeli equivalent of the TUC) is generally supportive of Israeli government policies we dislike. But let's remember that they are trade unionists first and foremost, standing up for their members. Do we really imagine that Israeli workers are any less vulnerable to exploitation that British ones, or Palestinians? Yes, we have differences, and by all means let's talk about them and try to win those arguments. But we have far more things, far more important things, in common, which is why this is such good news. Because if The People United Will Never Be Defeated(*), then just possibly the Israeli and Palestinian workers, once united, will never be divided, which is a good omen for the future.

*This is cool too (I have it on CD, and whole-heartedly recommend it if you like slightly wacky modern music).

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