U.S. Government—“The Main Culprit”


San Francisco Labor Council Resolution on Mid-East Conflict


[The San Francisco Labor Council, which represents about 75,000 workers in 135 unions, adopted the following resolution on March 11, 2002. Playing a role in winning the vote for this resolution were trade unionists who had been active in defending the rights of two Palestinian workers fired from a department store in the San Jose area because of anti-Arab hysteria after September 11.]

Whereas, the conflict in Israel and Palestine continues on an insane course, destroying lives, property, and the future with no end in sight; and

Whereas, the reasons for the continuation of this catastrophe rest in the struggle for control at the expense of the working class and dispossessed; and

Whereas, the U.S. proves to be the main culprit in this struggle by supplying the Israeli State billions of dollars in arms to suppress the Palestinian struggle for both statehood and ancestral lands while oppressing and dividing the Jewish and Arab worker for the benefit of national and international capital; and

Whereas, the recent escalation of the conflict has seen scores of women, children, and other innocents murdered and the February 17 bombing of the headquarters of the Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) by U.S.-supplied and paid-for Israeli F-16 jets that continue to bomb civilian and Palestinian political targets, against U.S. legal restrictions; and

Whereas, these actions by the Israeli military and government have been condemned by such labor groups as the International Confederation of Trade Unions (ICFTU), the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Worker's Union (ICEM), and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU);

Therefore be it hereby Resolved, that the San Francisco Labor Council condemns the bombing of civilian and political targets, specifically, but not limited to, the Palestinian trade union offices in Nablus, Palestine, and reminds the U.S. government that this is both a moral and legal crime, and

Be it further Resolved, that this Council calls on the ranks of the PGFTU of Palestine and the Histadrut trade union federation of Israel to launch joint action against both sides' attacks on innocents and civilians and to work together to gain control over this horrible situation; and

Be it finally Resolved, that this Resolution be submitted to all of our affiliated bodies State, Nationally, and Internationally for study and concurrence so that labor may act jointly in its own defense.

Adopted by the San Francisco Labor Council on March 11, 2001.