By Paul Miller, Originally published in the New York Observer
During its national convention in Baltimore last month, the United Electrical Workers union (UE) adopted a resolution endorsing the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). The resolution passed by the 30,000-member organization blames the Israel-Palestinian conflict on the creation of the Jewish State.
The resolution does not endorse a “two-state solution” and neglects to condemn the terrorism perpetrated by terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah. It accuses Israel of racism, genocide, apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and “waging a merciless war on the impoverished population of Gaza.”
Calling for an end to all U.S. military aid to Israel, the resolution seeks to pressure Israel to end its “siege” of Gaza and “negotiate a peace agreement on the basis of equality, democracy, and human rights for the Palestinian and Israeli people, including Palestinian self determination and the right of return for refugees.”
Supporters of the Jewish State, as well as anti-Semitism watchdog groups, are speaking out against the EU anti-Israel position and the resolution’s inherent fallacies.
“The resolution suggests Israel’s founding was illegitimate, refusing to acknowledge that Jews are indigenous to Israel and have an inalienable right to self-determination there,” said Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs. “The union undermined its claim to stand for justice and human rights by calling for ‘the right of return’ (for all Palestinians), which U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders have firmly opposed, saying it would extinguish Israel as a Jewish state.”