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Thursday, June 01, 2006


North of the border

While everyone in the U.S. has their eyes on the southern border, there's been an extraordinary development on the other border:
The largest labor union in the Canadian province of Ontario has voted unanimously to boycott Israel "until it recognizes the Palestinians' right of self-determination" and accepts all United Nations resolutions relating to Palestinians, including the right of return.

The decision was made by the Ontario division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which has 450,000 members.

The union's decision says that it is joining an international campaign to boycott Israel and to impose sanctions on it, until it fulfills all UN resolutions including Resolution 194, which recognizes the right of return of Palestinian refugees from 1948. In addition, the union intends to support pro-Palestinian organizations in an educational campaign, which will depict Israel as an apartheid state.
Amazing. And guess who will never know about it? That's right, Americans. Because, while this story has been reported in the Canadian and Israeli press, as I write this not a single American media outlet has reported the story. As I wrote just a few posts ago, the ability, and willingness, of the American press to hide the truth about what is happening when it comes to Israel and Palestine is truly remarkable.

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