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Union Solidarity.

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There is an old notion that the working class have no country and that solidarity between unions should be international, irrespective of any linguistic or cultural differences.

That used to be true, years ago but now in the age of discriminatory boycotts that international solidarity seem to break down when faced with the prejudice of anti Israeli types.

As Eric Lee comments:

“West Bank universities are on strike. But academics unions that have called for a boycott of Israel are strangely silent. Maybe it’s because they’re only interested in solidarity when it has to do with boycotting the Jewish state?”

TULIP has more:

“According to this report, thousands of university employees in the West Bank, as well as students, have launched a three day strike. The strike has nothing to do with the Israeli occupation — it is entirely focussed on bread-and-butter, economic issues.

“The union head said the protests are a response to the Ramallah-based Palestinian government’s continuous ‘haggling’ over employee demands,” according to a report from the Ma’an news agency. Those demands include “a salary increase in relation to the cost of living, and inclusion on the government’s retirement scheme as civil service employees.”

Academics unions which have called for a boycott of Israeli universities — in solidarity, they say, with Palestinian academics — have not mentioned the West Bank strike on their websites.”

Written by modernityblog

09/03/2010 at 21:40

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  1. I thought the idea that the working class have no country and that solidarity between unions should be international was rather decisively disproven by the reaction of Europe’s socialist parties to the outbreak of WWI, when most of them enthusiastically supported their own nation’s war aims.

    But your point is, of course, well-taken. I had no idea the academic unions in the West Bank were on strike – thank you for the information.


    12/03/2010 at 02:22

  2. Rebecca,

    Yes and no, basically the people who supported WW1 are seen as national chauvinists, not the genuine article, mere reformists.

    That’s counterposed with modern-day “revolutionaries” who used to emphasise internationalism, but nowadays are more inclined to be mostly faux anti-imperialists.

    I think if these “revolutionaries” who invariably wish to boycott Israel, are chronically obsessed were Zionism and yet they can’t be bothered to keep an eye on what is happening in the West Bank and other places then it tells you something about their underlying attitudes.

    PS: I have added you to my blog roll, I should have done it ages ago 🙂


    12/03/2010 at 02:42

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