US labour unions voice historic support for Palestinians | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

US labour unions voice historic support for Palestinians

A growing number of American labour unions have endorsed statements in solidarity with Palestinians, with some going as far as to adopt the call to boycott Israel over its human rights and international law violations, creating a growing divide with the national union leadership that has largely remained silent on the issue.

One of the most significant of these shows of support came from the United Educators of San Francisco (USEF), a union that represents 6,000 teachers in the San Francisco school system, which voted on 19 May to approve a resolution endorsing the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment (BDS) campaign - a non-violent initiative that encourages the censure of Israel's violations of international law and human rights standards through various boycotts.

"Therefore, be it further resolved, that UESF endorse the international campaign for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against apartheid in Israel," the resolution said.

Other unions have also come out to share support for Palestinian rights, including UNITE HERE Local 23 - representing 25,000 hospitality workers across southern and southwestern US - which tweeted in solidarity with the "Palestinians in their struggle against oppression and injustice".