Saturday, December 18, 2010

Marrickville Municipal Council votes to support boycott against Israel, by a vote of 10 to 2.

Marrickville has become the first local council in Australia to join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel.

This week the Council voted 10 to 2 for the motion to support the BDS -- an international campaign designed to stop trade and investment in companies, sporting teams and other institutions with ties to Israel.

It aims to coerce Israel to restore human rights and return occupied land to Palestinians.

The United Nations and Australian Federal and State Governments have refused to support the BDS.

But the NSW Greens are backing the campaign.

2SER’s Elise Scott spoke with Green’s Marrickville Councilor Cathy Peters, who put forward the motion this week.



Marrickville Council votes to support BDS 14Dec10


December 15, 2010

Greens, ALP and an Independent councillor united at Marrickville Municipal Council to adopt the following resolution moved by Greens Councillor Cathy Peters:


  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.”


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