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Largest Brazilian Trade Union backs Boycott!

Community Voices | Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign | February 7, 2011

In an important gain for the global movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, Brazil’s largest Trade Union Confederation (CUT), voiced its support of the BDS call and called for the suspension of Israeli-Brazilian economic agreements and military ties on January 28.

In a statement signed by National President of CUT as well as its General Secretary and International Relations Secretary, the union stated:

“The advancement of the Israeli offensive, symbolized by the construction of the wall of apartheid and the constant bombing of Gaza requires solidarity with the Palestinian People from us all to carry out policies that go beyond humanitarian assistance and can contribute in a relevant way to build peace in Palestine. Thus we urge trade unions, social and popular movements to support the campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions to policies of occupation of Palestinian territory by Israel.”

According to research done by Stop the Wall, Israeli companies began in 2000 to become a critical part of the Brazilian police and military forces, with Elbit Systems taking the lead. This was primarily in high-tech areas, but also extended to conventional arms. Currently, a number of major Israeli arms companies have their sights set on Brazil as the key market in South America. In its statement, CUT singled out the growing military trade and economic links being built between Brazil and Israel:

“We regret that Brazil is the third largest consumer of arms from Israel through the Plan of National Defense Strategy of the Ministry of Defense of Brazil, and that arms agreements contribute indirectly to the occupation of Palestinian territory. It is therefore necessary that the Brazilian government suspend current agreements and bilateral economic / military negotiations between Brazil and Israel. It is unacceptable that the Free Trade Agreement between MERCOSUR and Israel becomes a reality.”

The BDS movement is spreading rapidly in Latin America, as more trade unions and social movements take up the call. In December a campaign against the Israeli water carrier Mekerot was launched in Argentina while workers movements and community radios in the same country backed boycott, divestment and sanctions.

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Full text of the CUT resolution

February 15, 2011 - Posted by | Solidarity and Activism

1 Comment

  1. This is very hopeful as Dilma Rousseff has been President of Brazil for a month and a half, and signs of progressive change have not been given much ink; this is a radical improvement and if she has embraced and endorsed this movement of international justice for the Palestinians it is indeed a year of Revolution long overdue!

    With the US C-17 flight into Argentina yesterday smuggling guns and drugs and ominous electronics that could be used for a coup against Argentine President Cristina Kirchner as was done to President José Manuel Zelaya in 2009.

    Yankee Imperialism has a strong Zionist co-conspirator as proven on 9/11 and in 1967 with the attack to sink the USS Liberty and blame Egypt in order to drop two hydrogen bombs on it. It is like Hitler and Mussolini going back to WWI with Wilson and the Balfour Declaration, and WWII with Truman recognition of Israel as a Zionist state after being bankrolled in the 48 election.


    Comment by Bill Mitchell | February 15, 2011

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