Monday, May 29, 2006

Thugs support terrorists… naturally

Couple the predispostion of blinkered socialist-schooled power-seekers to form in the hierarchies of public union leadership with their inherent sympathy for ruthless authoritarian techniques, it is no surprise that they are practising the facile progressive political bigotry of general advocacy causes. Their own methods are so validated to themselves and by the purchase of powerful media and internal propaganda at the expense of their complicit or usually otherwise members whose workplace issues are not availed in the least. And so, CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) Ontario, representing 200,000 unfortunate public sector employees in the province, has passed a resolution supporting an international campaign of boycott, divestment and economic sanctions against Israel (HT Dust my Broom). Benefits of union membership will now include — surprise, you innocent proletarian! — CUPE Ontario's obligations to:

  1. With Palestine solidarity and human rights organizations, develop an education campaign about the apartheid nature of the Israeli state and the political and economic support of Canada for these practices.
  2. Support the international campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law including the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution194.
  3. Call on CUPE National to commit to research into Canadian involvement in the occupation and call on the CLC to join us in lobbying against the apartheid-like practices of the Israeli state and call for the immediate dismantling of the wall.
Why this promised meddling with foreign affairs, domestic and global economies, and the wallets of members by an organization whose purpose is ostensibly simply to protect and improve working conditions of its own constituents? As it turns out, the ruse of labour protection must remain generally to maintain a favourable disposition to existing labour laws from legislators and a lax tolerance from the media and general public. While adopting the rhetorical style of those who reduce argument to emotive reactionarianism in defense of an untenable proposition simply by invoking Hitler against it, the resolution cites no other reasons than a scurrilously vindictive verdict under the international law by Israel's enemies, and the behest of similarly self-serving organizations:
  • The Israeli Apartheid Wall has been condemned and determined illegal under international law.
  • Over 170 Palestinian political parties, unions and other organizations including the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions issued a call in July 2005 for a global campaign of boycotts and divestment against Israel similar to those imposed against South African Apartheid;
  • CUPE BC has firmly and vocally condemned the occupation of Palestine and have initiated an education campaign about the apartheid-like practices of the Israeli state.
It would be laughable except for the propaganda resources that CUPE Ontario has at its disposal and the encouragement other large unions will receive from the device to follow suit. Notably,
CUPE Ontario's next step, [president Sid Ryan] said, is to try to get other unions such as the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Canadian Labour Congress to join the campaign of "boycott, divestment and sanctions."
The Last Amazon, who knows more about Israel than a dozen dressed-up academics put together, is disgusted:
But if CUPE cannot see the security value of the Israeli fence I suggest that every CUPE member and their families need to stand unarmed in the place of the wall/fence to understand the very real threat to Jewish life and limbs. Perhaps when the cost becomes painful to CUPE members they will finally be able to comprehend that Jews are human and have an innate right to their limbs and lives too.
Read the rest here.

1 Comment:

-canuck- said...

I can't figure out why CUPE thought it prudent to single out Israel (Zionists, Jews).