04) CLC CONVENTION BACKS PALESTINIAN PRISONERS’ DIGNITY STRIKE
Thanks to the mobilization of rank and file delegates, an emergency resolution unanimously endorsed by the Canadian Council was overwhelmingly supported by delegates to the Canadian Labour Congress Convention.
It called on the Canadian government to pressure the Israeli government to stop violating international law and to respect the civil and political rights of 1,600 Palestinian prisoners who have been on a hunger strike since April 17.
Durham Labour Council delegate Denise Martins stated that Israel must reinstate the rights of Palestinian prisoners to have family visits, appropriate health care, the right to education in the prisons and the end to solitary confinement and “administrative detention”. As a daughter of political refugee parents, she spoke of the importance of the connection to one’s family members.
CUPW National President Mike Palecek said that the labour movement must have a discussion on Palestinian
rights, even if it is difficult. He condemned the Liberal government for not
allowing Palestinian labour leaders into
Opponents to the resolution called it racist because it signaled out
Unifor Human Rights Director Mohamad
Alsadi, himself a refugee from Palestine, rejected
the argument that the resolution was anti-Semitic and made delegates aware that
the resolution of Palestinians’ right to self-determination is key to peace in the
The text of the Resolution
The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) will:
a) Call on the Canadian Government to pressure Israel to stop violating international law by illegally detaining Palestinians and depriving them of their basic human, civil and political rights; andb) Work with global union federations, affiliates and civil society organizations in Canada on campaigns in support of Palestinian prisoners.
BECAUSE more than 1600 Palestinian prisoners have been on a hunger strike since April 17, 2017; and
BECAUSE Key demand of the hunger strike include an end to the denial of family visits, the right to appropriate health care, the right to education in prison and an end to solitary confinement and “administrative detention”; and
BECAUSE The CLC supports the right of the Palestinian people to national self-determination and an end to the illegal occupation as the basis for a just peace in the region.
above article is from
the June 1-15, 2017, issue of People's