The annual party and union congresses is also the high season for Israel bashing.
below is a copy of the Decisions adopted by the annual meeting of the Electricity and IT workers union this year:
The State of Israel occupies Palestinian lands in Gaza and the West Bank. Israel has introduced rigorous mobility control for the Palestinians in their own land, taken control of Palestine’s fresh water and other resources.
The State of Israel also takes control of more and more Palestinian land in the West Bank where it is established settlements on occupied lands belonging to Palestine and the Palestinian people. It is illegal for an occupying force to settle its own population in the occupied territories under international law. The illegal settlement activity by Israel on Palestinian land side is also condemned by the UN.
Israel has become an apartheid state which by its conducted systematic discrimination and control of the Palestinians can be equated with the acts of apartheid South Africa conducted against its black population in the last century. Experience with the boycott against the apartheid regime in South Africa shows that boycotts are an effective form action that produces results. We encourage everyone reading this to participate in an economic boycott of the state of Israel with the goal of bringing an end to the systematic oppression and exploitation Israel carries out against the Palestinian people, the Palestinian territories and resources.
lest anyone be in doubt how much power they wield, this is the message that went out after the Labor party’s annual congress:
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FM Espen Barth Eide (Labor) says Norway is working together with the EU in order to avoid imports of goods from Israeli settlements.
“We are looking for ways to implement his”, Eide said, according to FriFagbevelse.no as he greeted the LO congress in Oslo on Saturday.
The Congress will discuss two boycott proposal’s concerning Israel; the FM did not want to go so far. He says an official boycott would be too complicated; implying legal authority would have the opportunity of criminal prosecution.
“We are cooperating with the Nordic countries and the EU over a joint attitude towards this. We are not talking of an official boycott of goods from the settlements; but of clear markings of produce made in settlements; or advising against importing from the settlements. This may damage the reputation of corporations buying from settlements”, Eide said, holding these initiatives may be implemented within a brief timeframe.
The FM holds a two state solution is becoming ever harder to implement because Israel continues to build illegal settlements on Palestinian land.