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Friday, March 04, 2011

Marrickville BDS Campaign

This is an excerpt from Father Dave's lengthy post regarding Marrickville Council's historic resolution to support the international campaign of Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions against Israel until the Israeli government end the Palestinian Occupation.

Last December our local Council - Marrickville Council - took the courageous step of voting to support the Palestinian BDS Campaign. 'BDS' stands for 'Boycotts, Divestment, Sanctions' ...

  1. In particular recognition of its sister city relationship with Bethlehem and the strong support for this relationship from local progressive faith communities and other community members, Marrickville Council support the principles of the BDS global campaign and report back on any links the Council has with organisations or companies that support or profit from the Israeli military occupation of Palestine with a view to the Council divesting from such links and imposing a boycott on any future such links or goods purchases.

  2. Marrickville Council boycott all goods made in Israel and any sporting, institutional academic, government or institutional cultural exchanges.

  3. Marrickville Council write to the local State and Federal ministers (Carmel Tebbutt and Anthony Albanese) informing them of Council’s position and seeking their support at the State and Federal level for the global BDS movement.
... Councillors who both proposed and supported the resolution have come under enormous pressure from multiple angles! Party members are being put under pressure by senior officials, others are being taken to court, threatening emails and phone calls have poured in to the Council offices, etc.

In response to all this, my friend Jennifer Killen has started a campaign of support for our local Councillors, and she's written an Open Letter and is looking for more signatories. Happily, letters of support are now pouring in from all sectors of the community, including from local clergy and other community leaders. If you are willing to put your name to the Open Letter please email Jen with your support. Her email address and the Open Letter itself can be found at her Marrickville BDS Wordpress blog.

To read the full post, visit the Fighting Fathers Forum. You'll need to join the forum if you want to get involved in the conversation and you'll need to use VIP code 'NO HOMERS' in order to join.


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