From Issue 129, March/April 2011
image; Steve Rhodes
Hotel boycotts in the USA
If you are thinking of taking a trip to the US why not take a look at the ‘Union Label’ boycott list before you choose your hotel. The American equivalent of the TUC has an extensive list of hotels that have actively worked against union representation for their workforce and are now the subject of a boycott call.
Companies are added to the list by affliate international or US unions to help employees overcome management efforts to keep them from “winning justice on the job through organizing and collective bargaining”. Current boycotted brands include Hyatt and Hilton.
For more information see: www.unionlabel.org.
Nuclear Power in India
Perhaps those involved in the EDF boycott that we covered in the last issue of the magazine could look at India for some inspiration. In January 2,500 pupils from 20 villages in Jaitapur, western India, ‘boycotted’ classes after teachers tried to persuade them to support plans for a local nuclear power station.
Offcials and France’s state-run nuclear group Areva have proposed the construction of a 9,900-megawatt nuclear power station in the area, leading to large-scale demonstrations by activists and local people opposed to the project on
environmental grounds. District offcials visited schools and asked teachers to promote the project among pupils.
Israeli Academics Boycott Settlement University
In January 155 academics joined the boycott of the ‘Ariel University Centre of Samaria’, located in the illegal West Bank settlement of Ariel.
The lecturers signed a petition which stated: “We, academics from a variety of felds and from all the institutions of higher learning in Israel, herein express publicly our opposition to the continued occupation and the establishment of settlements.”
Nobel laureates Yehoshua Kolodny, Benjamin Isaac and Itamar Procaccia were among the signatories of the academics’ petition, which follows a similar boycott call by artists and actors several months ago.
Israeli companies boycott settlements
According to the news-site JTA, twenty Israeli companies that are helping to build a new Palestinian city in the West Bank have agreed to boycott goods and services from Israeli settlements. In the contract the companies signed concerning the construction of the city of Rawabi, near Ramallah, they agreed not to use raw materials, products or services originating in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem or the Golan Heights.
WikiLeaks reveals Arab League move to boycott Spielberg
Papers released by WikiLeaks showed that in 2007 the Arab League Boycott group agreed to boycott Steven Spielberg’s flms for his involvement in the Righteous Persons Foundation and for his donation of $1m US dollars to the state of Israel during the confict with the Lebanon.
The leaked paper stated that “Generic enforcement guidelines given to ALBO members include the banning of DVD imports and airing of Spielberg’s flms”
In January activists called on UK telecommunications giant BT to “cut all ties with Israel’s occupation” by severing links with Israeli company Bezeq.
Israeli citizens group ‘Boycott From Within’ said they were “saddened and dismayed” at BT’s relationship with a company deeply involved in illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. In January 2010 Bezeq International became part of BT’s Global Alliance. The former provides telecoms services to Israeli settlements.
The Boycott From Within campaign joins A Just Peace for Palestine, with War on Want, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions UK, in calling for an end to BT’s relationship with Bezeq International.
In November the the ‘Disconnect Now’ campaign was launched to boycott BT. The PSC reports that since then thousands of people have contacted BT to switch providers.
PSC has set up an easy to use e-tool that allows you to send a model letter to Ian Livingston, the CEO of BT, calling for BT to disconnect from the settlements and occupation.
Email the CEO of BT now at: http://psc.iparl.com/lobby/54.
For more information on the campaign visit at: http://disconnectnow.org/.
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