Activities in solidarity with Palestine

New model motion for CLPs – opposing the Tories’ “anti-boycott” legislation

Labour & Palestine is putting forward a new model motion for local Labour parties to discuss defending the right to boycott and urging the Labour front bench to oppose the new Government bill outlawing this.

As part of the crackdown on our right to resist in the recent Queen Speech, the Government brought forward much anticipated “anti-boycott” legislation, which had already been opposed by 46 civil society groups in anticipation of the announcement.
In particular, the Government is seeking to take away from public bodies the right to decide not to purchase or procure from, or invest in companies involved in human rights abuse, abuse of workers’ rights, destruction of our planet, or any other harmful or illegal acts.

Model Motion

This CLP Notes:

  • In the Queen’s Speech in May 2022, the Tory government proposed a law to stop public bodies from having the right to boycott or divest from companies unless this was in line Government foreign policy.
  • Many companies who are involved in the abuse of human and workers’ rights, the destruction of our planet, and other illegal and harmful acts in breach of international law are not sanctioned by the Government.
  • The Tories have indicated that a major reason for proposing this law is specifically to prevent public bodies from deciding not to invest in companies operating in Israel and occupied Palestine – even if they are complicit in the violation of international law and the human rights of the Palestinian people.
  • That a wide range of civil society organisations such as trade unions, charities, NGOs, faith, climate justice, human rights, cultural, campaigning, solidarity organisations and others are opposing this proposed law.

This CLP Believes:

  • Public bodies and democratic institutions should have the right to spend, invest and trade ethically in line with international law and human rights.
  • That Labour must oppose this. From bus boycotts against racial segregation to divestment from fossil fuel companies to arms embargoes against apartheid, boycott, divestment, and sanctions are non-violent campaigns that have been applied throughout history to put economic, cultural, or political pressure on a regime, institution or company to force it to change abusive, discriminatory, or illegal policies.
  • That with regards to Palestine, the recent Amnesty report entitled Israel’s apartheid against Palestinians: a cruel system of domination and a crime against humanity shows the need for us to support effective and real action in support of Palestinian rights as outlined by Labour Party Conference motions in 2018, 2019 and 2021.

This CLP Resolves:

  • To send this motion to the Labour NEC and relevant front bench members
  • To support those in civil society mobilising in support of the right to boycott and divest.

Tweet in support of human rights defender and political prisoner Salah Hammouri

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign is running a twitter campaign in support of Palestinian lawyer and human rights defender Salah Hammouri, whose fate will shortly be decided by an Israeli military court.

The campaign reports: “Salah’s story exemplifies Israel’s mistreatment of Palestinian human rights defenders. For two decades, he has been repeatedly arrested and imprisoned, illegally surveilled, and his family harassed, all because of his work on behalf of his people. Now Israel holds him under administrative detention, without charge and on ‘secret evidence’ not available to him or his lawyers.

“In a worrying development, Israeli authorities have revoked Salah’s residency and are threatening him with deportation. Palestinian and international human rights groups fear that this could be the start of a new trend especially targeting Palestinians from Jerusalem, who are already living under the shadow of Israel’s aggressive ethnic cleansing policies there.

“Our Palestinian partners have asked us to raise awareness of Salah’s case this week ahead of June 6 when the military court will decide whether to renew his administrative detention order.”

You can tweet in support of Salah using the headline above.

Boycott screening
On Thursday June 9th, PSC are organising an exclusive screening of a documentary film ‘Boycott’ about the impact of, and fightback against, anti-boycott laws in the United States. Get you tickets now before they sell out!
Buy your ticket

And finally…

Stand Up for the Children of Gaza! Organised by Brent Friends of Palestine
July 15th Conway Hall Red Lion Square
A comedy evening in aid of the Palestine Trauma Centre’s Days of Joy project


Image: Creator: Montecruz Foto, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

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