|CUPE Ontario's postion on the crisis in Gaza
To: CUPE Ontario Locals
From: Sid Ryan, CUPE Ontario President
There has been a lot of media attention over the last week regarding CUPE Ontario’s position on the Middle East. Much has been inaccurate in relation to the evolution of our call for a boycott of academic institutions. We want to emphasize that CUPE Ontario is not calling for a boycott of individual Israeli academics, but rather on Israeli academic institutions.
This is consistent with the policy of CUPE Ontario in relation to the struggle for peace in the Middle East. In 2006, our members voted to endorse a call from Palestinian trade unions for a campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel. This decision by our members made us leaders in the labour movement on this important human rights and peace issue.
Since that time many other individuals, organizations and unions have joined the call for BDS as a peaceful way to effect change in the Middle East. We refer you to the Question and Answer document which provides further information and clarification.
Questions and Answers on the CUPE Ontario Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions
What does CUPE Ontario mean by Academic Boycott?
It is important to understand that this is not a call to boycott individual Israeli academics. Rather, the boycott call is aimed at academic institutions and the institutional connections that exist between universities here and those in Israel.
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