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NUJ's Israeli boycott

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-04-19



The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has come under attack for being one sided against Israel following a vote that saw its members agreeing to a motion to boycott Israeli goods.

The motion was in protest against Israel's war in Lebanon last year and saw 64 votes for the boycott to 55 against.

"This is disgusting. I don't see the NUJ boycotting products from Zimbabwe or calling for a boycott of products that are made in China as China has bad human rights," said one journalist to SomethingJewish. "I and others are seriously considering our membership."

Israeli ambassador to Britain, Zvi Heifetz has also raised his concern over the planned boycott.

"It is a shame that an organisation which represents journalists and the principles of balance and impartiality, should threaten to boycott goods from Israel," The Guardian reports Heifetz saying.

"The timing of this move is also peculiar, coming just days after worrying rumours surfaced about the fate of one of the union's own members and at a time when Israeli and Arab leaders are looking for ways to revive the peace process," he added.

NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear said in a statement its members can change the decision: "Members who disagree with the decision can attend their branch, pass motions and seek to change the decision. The NUJ is a democratic union and it is the delegates at our conference each year – elected representatives of all the union's branches – who make the decisions."