Friday, October 15, 2010

Watch This Space...

"Australian unions are signing up to an international campaign to boycott Israeli goods, but a fight is brewing over a proposal for the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) to endorse the movement. The broad-based divestment and boycott campaign is targeting companies that profit from the Israeli settlements. The Electrical Trades Union (ETU), the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU), the Construction Forestry Mining & Energy Union (CFMEU), the Queensland branch of the Rail Tram & Bus Union (RTBU) and the Finance Sector Union (FSU) have all passed a resolution supporting the international campaign of 'boycott, divestment & sanctions' (BDS) against Israel... Australian Workers Union (AWU) national secretary Paul Howes said he would fight any plan to see the ACTU endorse the sanctions..." (Unions to take Israel boycott plan to ACTU, Patricia Karvelas, The Australian, 15/10/10)


Anonymous said...

Thanks God some of our Unions still have principles. Makes me proud to be a unionist!!

brian said...

Japantoday has also posted a villainous AP article on Ahmadinejad:

where the 'moderator' keeops deleting comments to correct the big lie in it.. my letter to the Editor:

Hello editor
Ive read an AP article on JT:
which is not only shoddy journalism, making claims about president Ahmadinejad that have been proven false for years:

'Ahmadinejad, who has repeatedly said Israel should be wiped off the map and denied the Holocaust'

but that any attempt to post the truth:

'The full quote translated directly to English:
"The Imam said this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time".

Word by word translation:

Imam (Khomeini) ghoft (said) een (this) rezhim-e (regime) ishghalgar-e (occupying) qods (Jerusalem) bayad (must) az safheh-ye ruzgar (from page of time) mahv shavad (vanish from).'
gets deleted by a unknown 'moderator'(aka censor), who told one commentator:

'"Moderator: Please note that Ahmadinejad has called for wiping Israel off the map. This is not in dispute, so every time you deny it on the JT discussion board, you not only post an inflammatory and offensive message, but you also make yourself look foolish. If you wish to continue posting on JT..."'

This is completely unacceptable...and will only serve to prove that quality journalism is in a steady decline..


Anonymous said...

With the number of Jewish lobby groups out there, Howes could keep himself busy speaking at their functions alone:

Peter D

Anonymous said...

It's very easy to get dispirited and think nobody gives a damn about the situation in the West Bank and Gaza so I find this very encouraging to see more organizations prepared to take a stand against Israel. The wheels are turning!

Shame on Howes. The Unions were always at the forefront of social justice, may they continue that honorable tradition, maybe they can even roll Howes in the process.

p.s thankyou for the time you put into your blog!