Norway’s trade unions vote to boycott Israel over Palestine

‘Enough is enough’: Norway’s trade unions vote to boycott Israel over Palestine

Norway’s largest trade union body has voted in favor of economic, cultural, and academic boycott of Israel over its treatment of Palestinians. In response, Tel Aviv said that the union “placed itself shoulder to shoulder with the worst enemies of Israel.”

The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) made the decision at the Congress on Friday, local media report. The Congress is the organization’s highest authority and holds its meetings every four years.

The Confederation should launch an effort “to achieve an international economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel,” representatives at the gathering stated. It is not yet clear, however, how the proposed ban would be implemented.

The boycott would serve as an instrument for Palestine to be recognized as state, and to bring an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land and the Gaza blockade, Norwegian media report, citing the Congress.

The confederation went against the recommendations of its newly elected leader, Hans-Christian Gabrielsen, and voted 193 (some media report 197) to 117 in favor of boycotting Israel. Gabrielsen said that the decision would hurt Palestinian workers. “The situation for Palestinian workers is fragile. Many rely on work in Israel,” he said.

Jan Olav Andersen, a member of the LO editorial committee who voted for the boycott, said “enough is enough.”

“This year is the fiftieth year since Israel’s violation of international law of occupation [of Palestine]… And diplomacy has not made the situation better,” he said.

The LO has “a strong position in society and has set its stamp on society’s development for more than 100 years,” according to its website. The umbrella organization is affiliated with 24 unions with around 900,000 workers.

The country’s foreign minister, Borge Brende, criticized the confederation’s vote, saying the government “strongly opposes” the idea.

“We need more cooperation and dialogue, not boycott,” he tweeted.

In the meantime, Israeli Ambassador to Norway Raphael Schutz said his country condemns the boycott against the Jewish State “in the strongest terms.”

“This immoral resolution reflects deeply rooted attitudes of bias, discrimination and double standard towards the Jewish state,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

According to the ambassador, “accepting the claim of return for millions of Palestinian refugees and their descendants, not to the Palestinian state but to Israel, means in reality the dissolution of the Jewish state.”

“By adopting these positions LO placed itself shoulder to shoulder with the worst enemies of Israel,” he added.

For decades, the Palestinian Territories – currently a non-member observer state at the United Nations – have been demanding that both the UN and the international community fully recognize their territories as an independent, sovereign nation.

At least 137 of the 193 UN member nations have recognized Palestine’s independence so far. In December 2016, the UN Security Council passed a resolution demanding that Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities” on occupied Palestinian territories, with the US abstaining. It was the first resolution passed by the United Nations Security Council on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in nearly eight years.

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  1. Norway was one of the 12 countries that initially formed NATO in 1949 :
    Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxemburg, Nederland, Norway, Portugal, Great Britain and the U.S.A.
    Although neutral during WW I, WW II showed that it was difficult to stay neutral for a country holding an important geographical position. When Germany invaded Norway in 1940, they must have worried that if they did not occupy it, the Brits would have. As usual they came with their bombs and Gestapo, and made themselves exceedingly unpopular during the 5 years the occupation lasted. As a result king Haakon and his family fled to England and the Norwegian merchant fleet went into allied service. After the war it was therefore clear that Norway’s ties lay mostly with Great Britain and the United States, although it actually were the Soviets who liberated Norway from the Nazis – the northern part. And finally it was the beginning Cold War with its Iron Curtain that finally led Norway to join NATO, but not without some controversy. Note that Germany only joined later.

  2. Good for them. keeping the BDS movement alive and well in spite of zionist/ communist israel’s attempts to silence any who dare speak out.
    Will they pay the price? probably so but when something nasty happens in Norway, the perps will immediately be known. They wear the star of David, the symbol of a racist, Marxist blood thirsty movement that threatens the entire planet. That symbol evokes more animosity than the swastika ever did. In truth that symbol is more threatening and represents a worse form of psychopathy than the swastika was ever capable of.
    The star of David is the new swastika, the new hammer and sickle. It represents the worst of humanity as it is anti humanity to the extreme.

  3. Israel= founded by communists, Run by facists, Rape and murder every day and we get to pay for it.

  4. Yep, not a good time to send your kids off to summer camp on a Norwegian island — IF jew know what I mean 😉

  5. “Enough is enough” sounds pretty psychopathic to me, coming from a NATO member. Such double standards will not help the Palestinian cause.

    • Haven’t you reached a level of comprehensive reading yet?? IT’S A FREAKING UNION!!! not the gob nor its institutions!! or maybe the Union is in the NATO roaster???

  6. It wonders me how Norwegians as an “eternal” neutral state have such a developed sense for worker rights justice however at the same time they share some weird original ideological bonds with NATO movement, a pact that has taken thousands out of their jobs all over the Arab world. All of these western decrees over Israel are merely cosmetic. Why don’t they support for example Palestine into NATO then? Palestine did ask so, Palestinians asked for every available western civilizational norm to be accepted as normal equal citizens and all these western “moralists” did nothing about it.

    • The “eternal” neutral state spend 20 years of neutrality together with other Scandinavian neighbours in the civil war in Sri Lanka monitoring atrocities against the Tamils and their independence on behalf of the UN. They stood by watching genocide against a not wanted minority while constantly attending glamorous weddings and other rewarding activities with the Senegalese Government. The reason to monitor 60000 Tamil civilians die: Huge National gas resources in the North of the country could not allow any independence. UN, Nato and “neutral” Scandinavians – a great “peace keeping” force NOT to be reckoned with, without neutrality and interference but well paid and positioned by UN.

  7. This group of Norwegians has more guts and intelligence than anyone in our totally outlaw government in the U.S. One of my grandfathers was from Norway, whose wife was from Denmark, both immigrated to the U.S. in the latter part of the nineteenth century. They settled at St Paul, Minnesota and became U.S. Citizens. They produced three children my Mother who graduated from the University of Minnesota in English and then earned a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and taught school and retired as a Children’s Librarian from the Los Angeles County Library before her death. One of her brothers became a violinist in the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra before his early death from a brain tumor; her older brother graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota and became a top executive with the Fuller Company which built many buildings on the Harvard Campus and one third of the UN building. They owned their own home in St Paul. I am proud of my roots from Norway and Denmark. I hope the Nobel Committee will resist pressure to award people Nobel Prizes from pressure in secret letters from cronies pushing them for underserved Nobel Prizes when others may be more qualified. Some people in Israel use these awards to brag that they are better than the rest of humanity. Harold Varmus is one who should not have been awarded a Nobel Prize. He was prejudiced against Otto H. Warburg, M.D., Ph.D.

    • Nearly 20 years ago when my wife was nearly killed not from breast cancer, but “treatment”, from dangerous toxic drugs, and had to have part of her colon removed and spend about 11 days in a vegetative state on a ventilator, I wrote an angry letter to Harold Varmus. She did not have colon cancer. I know he received it because it was verified by his secretary. He never replied to my letter. He is a disgusting piece of garbage who promotes the wrong and failed genetics speculations of cancer causation while ignoring the seminal discoveries of the prime cause of cancer by the genius in Germany Otto H. Warburg, M.D., Ph.D. considered the greatest biochemist of the twentieth century. Varmus later was appointed to a soft job of president of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NY another cesspool in the corrupt city which produced liar and bully Trump. MSKCC produced one William Summerlin M.D. who painted spots on the backs of lab animals to fool people about cancer research. They gave him a slap on the wrist. He could be your doctor but you would not know this dirt on him. Shame, shame shame on these worthless liars of the medical orthodoxy of the U.S. today.

  8. It’s about time somebody grew a pair. It will be interesting to watch what the blowback will be. Whatever action Israel dreams up will only prove how deep it is tied to organized crime.

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