Friday, September 09, 2011


The Australian newspaper leads the way in exposing the racism of the BDS movement

Unionist slams 'ludicrous and racist' anti-Israel drive

THE anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign has been dismissed by one of Victoria's most senior unionists as potentially racist, ludicrous and a recipe for a civil war in the Middle East.

In a scathing critique of the campaign, Victorian Trades Hall Council assistant secretary David Cragg warned the union leadership of the flaws in the logic and integrity of the BDS strategy.

Mr Cragg also reminded his colleagues of the "totally repugnant history" of boycotting Jewish businesses, and questioned the comparison of Israel with apartheid South Africa.

"If the strategic goal of BDS is not just to end the settlements in the West Bank but to change the demographic composition of Israel, it is clearly a racist and frankly ludicrous enterprise at odds with the global consensus, which has always recognised Israel's right to exist specifically as the state of the Jewish people legitimately created under international law and the UN Charter," he said.

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