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NATFHE Motions on Israel and Palestine 2006

Source: NATFHE Website


Conference believes that international solidarity work is an important part of the work of a trade union. It believes that in UCU there should be rapid progress to establish permanent structures and budget arrangements to ensure progress towards:

1. identifying agreed policies;

2. developing policies where they do not exist;

3. affiliating towards international solidarity campaigns and organisations;

4. supporting international struggles of workers’ rights;

5. educating members about the importance of internationalism.

North West Region


Conference notes the victory of HAMAS in the recent Palestine Authority elections.

Conference condemns the hysterical reporting of the result by most of the British news media and the outrageous bias shown by UK Government statements against the outcome of a democratic process

NATFHE resolves:

1. to continue to help protect and support Palestinian colleges and universities in the face of the continual attacks by Israel’s government.

2. to contact the Palestinian Authority Government to re-affirm that support.

Southern Region

Amendment 1

Delete second paragraph:
'Conference condemns . . . democratic process.'

Northern Ireland Region

Amendment 2

Para 1: delete all after 'in', replace with 'the free, democratic and non-violent elections for the Palestinian Authority.'

Para 2: delete all after 'statements', replace with 'in demanding that Hamas recognises the Israeli state and renounces violence in the context of continuing Israeli violence, the construction of the illegal wall and a voluntary truce maintained by Hamas for over 12 months.'

Point 1) delete 'help protect and'

North West Region

Amendment 3

Add at the end of line 5: 'and is concerned about events such as the apparent collusion of the British and American Governments in the withdrawal of prison guards who monitored Jericho Prison under the Ramallah Agreement enabling the Israeli forces to storm the prison.'

South East Region


Conference notes continuing Israeli apartheid policies, including construction of the exclusion wall, and discriminatory educational practices. It recalls its motion of solidarity last year for the AUT resolution to exercise moral and professional responsibility.

Conference instructs the NEC to facilitate meetings in each university and college, and to circulate information to Branches, offering to fund the speakers' travel costs.

Conference invites members to consider their own responsibility for ensuring equity and non-discrimination in contacts with Israeli educational institutions or individuals, and to consider the appropriateness of a boycott of those that do not publicly dissociate themselves from such policies.

South East Region

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