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July 11, 2007

NUJ Discards Boycott of Israel

The UK's National Union of Journalists has voted to "take no further action" on the proposed boycott of Israel that was passed at its annual delegates meeting in April. As an article in the Guardian on July 10 explains, the motion that passed in April recommended a boycott to the Trades Union Congress, who have rejected it.

The article also provides a porthole into the political manuevering within the NUJ. The vote to reject the boycott call was passed by the executive committee of the union, who nevertheless reaffirmed the authority of the delegates to pass such a motion. The new motion to take no further action on the boycott also asserts clear that the union is not anti-Semitic or racist.

Posted by SS at July 11, 2007 09:43 AM


The NEC motion shows an ability to read that much of the media has lacked on this issue. I know, because I'm a member of the NEC and I voted for this motion. There's no political manoeuvring involved in reading an instruction, carrying it out and then recognising the result. The boycott motion had no instruction for the members or the union to boycott Israel, instead it instructed us to call for one led by the TUC. The TUC said no - no boycott. It's that simple, which is why it was unanimously accepted. That's the way a democractic organisation works - carry out the instruction of the members and no more nor less.

Posted by: Donnacha DeLong at July 11, 2007 01:26 PM

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