Connecticut AFL-CIO Passes Resolution Condemning Israel

By Joshua Sharf, Originally published in the Daily Caller

At its biennial convention last month, the Connecticut AFL-CIO passed a resolution calling on its member unions to support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement directed against Israel.

The resolution is just the latest endorsement of anti-Israel activity amongst labor unions. This passage marks the first time a state chapter of the nation’s largest umbrella organization for unions has adopted such a measure.

In it, the state organization and its affiliate unions call on the national AFL-CIO to:

“Adopt the strategy of Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) in connection with companies and investments profiting from or complicit in human rights violations arising from the occupation of the Palestinian Territories by the state of Israel, and to urge its affiliates and related pension and annuity funds to adopt similar strategies.”

While such wording would appear to target only those companies actually doing business in the territories, in reality, many of those companies also have operations inside Israel’s pre-1967 armistice line as well. Attempted boycotts of Israel are often not limited to products and services originating over the Green Line (disputed territories).

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