CBC carries this report of the nefarious workings of CUPE:
Delegates to the Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario convention in Ottawa voted overwhelmingly Saturday to support the campaign until it sees Israel recognizing the Palestinians' right to self-determination. The Ontario group represents more than 200,000 workers.
The global campaign started last July and has been supported by many North American churches, 20 Quebec organizations, and others, Canadian Press said. CUPE also condemned what they called Israel's "apartheid wall," saying it is illegal under international law. "Boycott, divestment and sanction worked to end apartheid in South Africa," said Katherine Nastovski, chairwoman of the CUPE Ontario international solidarity committee."We believe the same strategy will work to enforce the rights of Palestinian people, including the right of refugees to return to their homes and properties."
The interesting thing about the “right of return” in the Israeli/Arab conflict is that it is a right that only Palestinians Arabs are entitled to. After the establishment of the Jewish state in 1948 upwards of 900,000 Jews were expelled from Arab countries and their property confiscated, and yet, one never hears the Arab league recognize that Jews are also entitled to the alleged Right of Return or at the very least compensation for all property that was confiscated by the various Arab governments who expelled their Jewish citizens in retaliation for the establishment of the Jewish state in their midst.
Nor does CUPE recognize that if they are to support the alleged Right of Return for Palestinian Arabs, it is only the utmost bigotry and height of hypocrisy not to recognize that Jews hold that same rights. Of course, I won’t be holding my breathe waiting for an amendment to CUPE’s boycott that would require a sense of fairness or fair play that is never found in bigots or thugs.
I ran across this speech given in March 23, 2003 by Regina Malaka Waldman, Co-chair, JIMENA. R. (Malaka Biblil) Waldman highlights the plight of the often forgotten refugees – the Jews of Arab countries that were forced to flee for their lives in most cases with nothing more than the clothes on their back. It is estimated that there are upwards to 900,000 Jews who were forced into exile by Arab regimes since 1948 leaving behind an estimated US$30 billion in assets.
And so today, perhaps for the first time, you will hear testimonies from Jews who lived under Islam. We were marginalized, humiliated, defamed, denounced, demonized and finally dispersed.
Yes, dispersed: We the Jews of Islam know the destructive power of anti-Semitism in the Arab world better than anyone else. We have seen it used for ethnic cleansing. Of the 900,000 thousand Jews who lived in the Arab world, only 8,000 remain. Think about that! 900,000 Jews were made refugees, forced to flee our homes.
We were never recognized.
When we became refugees, the UN Human Rights Commission didn’t build refugee camps for us, and they didn't pass resolutions for us. In fact, the UN Human Rights commission has voted Libya as the head of the commission. For me, this is a personal outrage because my family and my entire community have been chased out of Libya.
In 1967, the Libyan population took to the street, killing Jewish people rampaging and burning their properties. My family like the rest of the Jewish community was expelled from Libya and made into destitute refugees. My father’s warehouse was burnt to the ground. All of our assets were confiscated. I was 19 years old at the time.
And if that wasn’t enough.
While attempting to flee the country, the bus driver and the conductor emptied the gas tank of the bus on the ground in an attempted to burn the bus taking my family and I to the airport. It is thanks to a British man that we were rescued from certain death.
Libya practices arbitrary detention and torture. In the country that now heads the UN Human Rights Commission, there is no free press, no elections. Libya imports black slaves from the Sudan. Libya practices ethnic cleansing. Indeed, Libya has cleansed itself of its Jews. 38,000 Jews, and now there are none left. But the European countries abstained and allowed it to happen, they didn't have the courage to speak out or vote against this outrageous travesty.
And this slaving nation heads the UN Human Rights Commission.(To the U.N, I’d like to say: HARAM ALEKEM – SHAME ON YOU.)
We must insist that when people talk about refugees, that they are not talking only about Palestinians.
Repeat after me: We must insist that when people talk about refugees, that they are not talking only about Palestinians.
Here’s a suggestion: Why don’t Arab countries that practiced Jewish expulsion/ethnic cleaning pay compensation to the dispersed Jews? Or perhaps it would be just that each Arab country that practiced expulsion/ethnic cleansing take in a reciprocal number of Palestinians for every Jew that was displaced?
Furthermore, the problem with referring to the Israeli security fence as an “Apartheid” wall is just that it is patently false and demeans the brutal racial practices of the South African government who originally developed the Apartheid system and laws. Arabs born in Israeli have the same rights of citizenship with the only exception that Arab citizens are not required to undergo compulsory military service. Arab Israeli’s are fully protected under the law of Israel and there are a number of Arab Israelis who are fully and freely elected members of the Israeli Knesset (parliament). But gee whiz, that never happened under the old South African regime. Furthermore, neither the Druze, Domi nor Arab Christians are protected under the laws of the Palestinian Authority.
But if CUPE cannot see the security value of the Israeli fence I suggest that every CUPE member and their families need to stand unarmed in the place of the wall/fence to understand the very real threat to Jewish life and limbs. Perhaps when the cost becomes painful to CUPE members they will finally be able to comprehend that Jews are human and have an innate right to their limbs and lives too.