The debate was the culmination of a huge amount of lobbying by the Israelites to water down the draft motion and TUC statement calling for a boycott of goods produced in Illegal settlements which caused significant arguments and controversy within the Union movement.
London Muslim followed the debate closely which made me proud to be a trade unionist and to see my union the PSC join UCU, TSSA and Unison in supporting the FBU motion. The manner in which the occupation, blockade of Gaza, settlements, boycott of Israeli goods and war crimes in Gaza (recently mentioned by the Judge Goldstein UN report) were debated showed strong solidarity from UK workers to the continuing suffering of the Palestinian people. The debate was held while union delegates across the hail raised the Palestinian flag
In addition a long overdue debate is also being held by the TUC about their relationship with the Israeli union movement Histadrut who shamefully supported the war crimes in Gaza and increasingly are becoming a mouthpiece of the Israeli state rather than a genuine workers movement.
War on Want are absolutely spot on by comparing this decision with the Unions approach to apartheid in South Africa.