Union call for sanctions against Israel
This week two of Australia's biggest unions called for sanctions against Israel. The national leaders of the mining and maritime unions issued a joint call for the Federal Government to impose sanctions, against Israel until the Sharon Government ceases its occupation of Palestinian territories in line with United Nations Resolutions. CFMEU Mining and Energy General President Tony Maher and MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said: "The Israeli Government is flagrantly violating the rights of the Palestinian people by invading and occupying their territories in breach of international laws and UN Resolutions. Australia and the international community must firmly condemn this violation of international law and back it up with action." "We call on the Federal Government to impose sanctions against Israel until it withdraws from the occupied territories. "We believe Israel's immediate withdrawal is essential to ending the bloodshed, slaughter and tragedy by creating the conditions for a peaceful and just resolution of the conflict." The national leaders of the two unions will also canvass support within the trade union movement for protests against the Israeli invasion and the escalation of the conflict.