Irish Congress of Trade Unions: Out on a limb

From the website of TULIP:






By ericlee

At its conference earlier this month, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) established itself firmly as the number one Israel-basher in the international trade union movement.

It adopted three resolutions that conform entirely with the Tehran line, the view espoused by Hamas, Hizbollah and their supporters.

Though no doubt many of those voting for the resolutions were well-intentioned, what they have done is ensure that the Irish trade union movement will play no role in a peace process between Israelis and Palestinians.

Indeed, what they have done will encourage further conflict and violence.

The resolutions paint Israel as an aggressor, routinely engaged in crimes against humanity.

There is no mention of the Palestinians except as victims. In discussing Gaza, for example, there is no mention whatsoever of Hamas (a Holocaust-denying Islamo-fascist force which seized power in a bloody coup and runs Gaza as an authoritarian state). There is no mention of terrorism, suicide bombers, or the thousands of rockets fired from Hamas-controlled Gaza at Israel. Nor is there any mention of Iran, not even when discussing the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza which is to designed in part to block Iranian smuggling of arms to its Hamas ally.

The ICTU repeats (again and again) the vile “Israel is apartheid” slander, uses the term “Zionist” as an epithet, and so on. In one of the resolutions, it goes so far as to call an alleged Israeli sabotage of one the 2011 flotilla vessels as an infringement of Irish sovereignty, suggesting that the government do something about this. (Meaning what? Declare war on Israel?)

Much of what is written reflects incredible ignorance about the conflict, such as the repeated references to Israel’s “illegal” naval blockade of Gaza.

First of all, though the Iranian regime may consider this illegal (because it hinders their attempts to smuggle weapons to Hamas), the international community does not share this view.

It has now been widely reported that the UN commission investigating the deaths during the 2010 flotilla will conclude that while Israel may have used excessive force, the blockade itself is legal.  (The report will be released next month.)

The pro-Hamas activists in Ireland’s leading unions are pushing the ICTU into the role of leader of a broad campaign aiming to demonise Israel — and they are succeeding.

But the effect will not be to weaken the Jewish state or even its trade union movement (which the ICTU is boycotting).

The only real world result of all this is that the Irish trade unions have made themselves look ignorant and ridiculous, repeating Hamas-inspired slogans instead of playing a constructive role in promoting genuine peace and reconciliation between Israel and the Palestinians.