AFL-CIO Honors Israeli Consul General

New York City Labor Against War Says: No Labor Money for Israeli War Crimes!

The announcement below was forwarded to us by New York City labor activist Andy Pollack, who suggests: “If you’re in NY, come to the rally; if not, send messages of outrage to the AFL-CIO (c/o their NY body,, with copies to the organizers of the protest.” Send to:

Andy Pollack also points out that in contrast to the AFL-CIO, the trade unions of Norway are boycotting Israel.

American workers need to remember that Israel’s government shoots Palestinian ambulance workers and has locked out 90 percent of Palestinian workers from their jobs for months by closing Israel’s borders to Palestinians who live in the occupied territories but work in Israel proper.

“[Palestinian] civilians [in Jenin] were killed willfully or unlawfully [by the Israeli military]…[which] used Palestinian civilians as ‘human shields’ and used indiscriminate and excessive force ... The abuses we documented in Jenin are extremely serious, and in some cases appear to be war crimes…”—Human Rights Watch, May 3, 2002

Just a week after 100,000 people rallied in Tel Aviv against Sharon’s war crimes in the West Bank, the “Israel Bonds National Labor Division” will hold a “cocktail reception” at the AFL-CIO Executive Board meetings in New York City. “Special guest” Alon Pinkus, Israel’s consul general, will “express gratitude to the labor movement for its decades of support.”

Send a message that U.S. workers won’t fund Israel’s brutal war on the Palestinians. Labor must stand with the Israeli peace movement and with millions of other people around the world by divesting its Israel bonds now!

Tues., May 21, 2002, 4:30–7 pm

N.Y. Sheraton, 811 7 Ave.

(Between 52/53 St.—N/R to 49 St., 1/9/C/E to 50 St., B/D/E to 7 Ave.)

Sponsored by:

New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW)