[Marxism] Irish teachers boycott Israeli academics in European first

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Thu Apr 11 21:04:55 MDT 2013


Irish teachers became the first in Europe to support the Palestinian call
for an academic boycott of Israel on Thursday.

The Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) branded Israel an "apartheid state" at
its annual congress.

A motion - which passd unanimously - called on "all members to cease all
cultural and academic collaboration with Israel, including the exchange of
scientists, students and academic personalities, as well as all
co-operation in research programmes."

The motion further called on the Irish Congress of Trade Unions to "step up
its campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against the apartheid
state of Israel until it lifts its illegal siege of Gaza and its illegal
occupation of the West Bank."

It urged the TUI to conduct an awareness campaign among members on the need
for the boycott.

Mover Jim Roche said: "I am very pleased that this motion was passed with
such support, especially coming the day after Israeli occupation forces
killed two Palestinian teenagers in the West Bank.

"There is no question that Israel is implementing apartheid policies.

"Indeed, many veterans of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa have
said that it's worse than what was experienced there."

Mr Roche added: "Education has always been a target of the Israeli
occupation, seeing forced closures of universities, disruption under
checkpoint, closure and curfew regimes and arrests, beatings and killing of
both students and teachers.

"We proposed this motion as we believe that, as with South Africa, the
trade union movement has a vital role to play in helping apply pressure to
end Israeli apartheid and occupation.

The TUI became the first European teachers' union to support an academic
boycott. British lecturers' union UCU has a similar policy.

Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign member and co-founder of Academics
for Palestine David Landy said: "We congratulate the TUI and call on all
Irish, British and European academic unions to move similar motions."

“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

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