Wednesday 29 January 2014

Solidarity with Palestine

The NUT International Relations, Peace and Disarmament met this afternoon and approved the recommendations from the Union delegation to Palestine last year.  This includes circulating the delegation report to conference delegates, Association Secretaries and International Solidarity Officers throughout the Union and publicising findings in The Teacher.  An initial report can be found here (p18).  The report highlights the impact of the occupation on children and teachers who struggle to get to school because of checkpoints and whose school buildings face demolition or closure.

Once the full report is available, a link will be posted on this blog.

The occupation has continued in flagrant breach of international law and the human impact, on children in particular, is immeasurable.  The NUT is committed to working with the General Union of Palestinian Teachers (GUPT), Action for Palestinian Children and solidarity groups to oppose the occupation.

We are encouraging all Local Associations to affiliate (or reaffiliate) to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, to explore twinning with a GUPT branch and to publicise the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign to members.

We will also be organising delegations to meet with the Foreign Office, Welsh Assembly and front bench Labour and LibDem spokespersons.

I would urge members to find out more about the impact of the occupation of Palestine and what they can do to oppose it by visiting the websites of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Action for Palestinian Children.

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