vrijdag 29 september 2017

JAI - De Olijfboomcampagne


VN waarschuwt 150 bedrijven actief in de bezette Palestijnse gebieden

De VN-Hoge Commissaris voor de Mensenrechten heeft een brief gezonden naar 150 buitenlandse en Israëlische bedrijven, omdat zij actief zijn in de illegale Israëlische koloniale nederzettingen in bezet Palestina. Hun commerciële activiteiten zijn overtredingen van het internationaal recht en van meerdere VN-Resoluties.
donderdag 28 september 2017


Caterpillar-machines worden ingezet voor de vernietiging van Palestijnse woningen en de bouw van koloniale nederzettingen (business-humanrights.org

woensdag 27 september 2017

VN stuurde waarschuwingsbrieven aan 150 bedrijven voor zaken doen in Israelische nederzettingen

UN sent warning letter to 150 companies for doing business in Israeli settlements

Israeli officials say some of the companies responded to the UN human rights commissioner by saying they won't renew their contracts in Israel

Haaretz -- Sep. 27, 2017

The UN's Human Rights Commissioner began sending letters two weeks ago to 150 companies in Israel and around the world, warning them that they are about to be added to a database of companies doing business in Israeli settlements in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, senior Israeli officials and Western diplomats involved in the matter told Haaretz.

The Israeli official, who requested to stay anonymous due to the sensitivity of the issue, noted that the letters, sent by Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, said these firms were doing business in the "occupied Palestinian territories" and could thus find themselves on the UN blacklist for companies acting in violation of "internal law and UN decisions." The letters, copies of which also reached the Israeli government, also request that these firms send the high commission clarifications about their business activities in settlements.

A Western diplomat, who also requested to remain anonymous, noted that of the 150 companies, some 30 were American firms, and a number are from nations including Germany, South Korea and Norway. The remaining half is Israeli companies.

The Washington Post reported in August that among the American companies that received letters were Caterpillar, Priceline.com, TripAdvisor and Airbnb. According to the same report, the Trump administration is trying to work with the UN Commission on Human Rights to prevent the list's publication. Israel's Channel 2 reported two weeks ago that the list includes some of the biggest companies in Israel, including: Teva, Bank Hapoalim, Bank Leumi, Bezeq, Elbit, Coca-Cola, Africa-Israel, IDB, Egged, Mekorot and Netafim.

Senior Israeli officials said the Israeli fear of divestment or scaled-down business due to the blacklist is already becoming a reality. They said that the Office of Strategic Affairs at the Economy Ministry has already received information that a number of companies who received the letters have responded to the human rights commissioner by saying they do not intend to renew contracts or sign new ones in Israel.

"These companies just can't make the distinction between Israel and the settlements, and are ending their operations all together," the senior Israeli official said. "Foreign companies will not invest in something that reeks of political problems - this could turn into a snowball."

An inter-ministerial committee comprising the Foreign Ministry, the Strategic Affairs Ministry, the Justice Ministry and the Economy Ministry is still working to try to prevent the list's publication. Nonetheless, the assessment among most of those involved in the government's efforts is that it is inevitable and that the list will likely be made public by the end of December.

As part of an attempt to minimize its potential damage, Israel is attempting to reach out and hold talks with the foreign companies named on the list, stressing that it is non-binding and insignificant. It also told them it is reaching out to foreign governments to inform them that using the list is tantamount to cooperating with a boycott of Israel.

In March 2017, the UN Human Right's Commission in Geneva voted for the resolution being pushed by the Palestinian Authority and Arab nations, according to which the commission will formulate a database of Israeli and international firms directly or indirectly doing business in the West Bank, East Jerusalem or the Golan Heights. The decision passed despite massive pressure by the U.S. to soften the resolution's wording. Even an attempt by the EU to reach a deal with the Palestinians to drop the clause from the resolution stipulating the blacklist's formulation, in return for the support of European nations for the rest of its articles, failed.

maandag 4 september 2017

UNIFOR, grootste vakbond in de private sector in Canada, neemt BDS op

Aldus een bericht van Sheri Shefa op 31/8/17 in de CJN (Canadian Jewish News) over het in augustus gehouden UNIFOR-congres, zie verder

UNIFOR heeft meer dan 310.000 leden. De resolutie maakte deel uit van het thema 'Solidarity for a better world' .

woensdag 30 augustus 2017

VN moet lijst opstellen van bedrijven die medeplichtig zijn aan 'de bezetting'

Aldus een artikel (UN must name and shame settlement profiteers) in de blog van Adri Nieuwhof d.d. 29/8/2017 in Electronic Intifada.

De VN-mensenrechtencommissie besloot al in 2016 tot zo'n lijst.

donderdag 17 augustus 2017

Apartheid, fascism – but mostly colonialism

  Written by Michel Warschawski
Photo: Israeli demolition, by the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, January 2015
Struggling against Israel as a fascist or apartheid state must be a part of an anti-colonial struggle that Jews themselves participate in.

This article was written in response to Israel: Fascism or Apartheid? by Eli Aminov. 
Fascism, apartheid

woensdag 16 augustus 2017

World Day for Decent Work October 7, 2017

Decent Work kan niet onder bezetting, natuurlijk:

Van: ITUC Press [mailto:press@ituc-csi.org] 
Verzonden: woensdag 16 augustus 2017 14:42
Aan: ITUC Online
Onderwerp: World Day for Decent Work October 7, 2017 - End Corporate Greed: The World Needs a Pay Rise - ITUC OnLine

ITUC OnLine   

World Day for Decent Work October 7, 2017
End Corporate Greed: The World Needs a Pay Rise
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the World Day for Decent Work (WDDW), which will fall on 7 October. Millions of people have taken part in WDDW events since 2008.
  • Since 2015, the richest 1% has owned more wealth than the rest of the planet (Oxfam).
  • 71% of people say governments should work towards a pay rise for workers (ITUC Global Poll 2017).
  • 80% of people say the minimum wage in their country is too low (ITUC Global Poll 2017).
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the World Day for Decent Work (WDDW), which will fall on 7 October. Millions of people have taken part in WDDW events since 2008, and this year will also be a day for global mobilisation : all the trade unions in the world will stand up for decent work. Decent work must be at the centre of government actions to bring back economic growth and build a new global economy that puts people first. No action is too big or too small for the World Day for Decent Work - i.e. a table discussion, a huge demonstration, a protest letter, a flash mob action or something completely different. This year, the global focus is on the world struggle for living minimum wages and a pay rise for all workers. Governments should heed the call from working women and men for decent wages, safe and secure jobs, and an end to greedy corporations setting the rules of the economy. This means ensuring that minimum wage-floors must be enough to ensure a decent standard of living, and that all workers must have the right to join a union and bargain collectively.

This year, October 7 falls on a Saturday, which means that some organisations may decide to hold events during the week before or after.
Whatever topics your organisation chooses for the World Day for Decent Work activities, please keep us informed by sending your information to wddw@ituc-csi.org. If you have any questions, please also email to this address.
We will shortly provide further updates on materials you can use for the World Day, social media and website information, including examples of activities planned by different organisations.

The ITUC represents 181 million workers in 163 countries and territories and has 340 national affiliates. 
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