Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

January 02, 2009 16:13 ET

CUPE Ontario to Recommend Support for Ban on Israeli Academics in Response to Gaza Bombings

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 2, 2009) –

Attention News/Assignment Editors:

CUPE Ontario's university workers committee will bring a resolution to its annual conference supporting a ban on Israeli academics doing speaking, teaching or research work at Ontario universities as a protest against the December 29 bombing of the Islamic University in Gaza.

"In response to an appeal from the Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees, we are ready to say Israeli academics should not be on our campuses unless they explicitly condemn the university bombing and the assault on Gaza in general," said Sid Ryan, president of CUPE Ontario. "It's a logical next step, building on policy adopted by our provincial convention in 2006."

Resolution 50, adopted in May 2006, supported boycotts, divestment and sanctions aimed at bringing about the Israeli withdrawal from occupied territories and a just peace in the region.

"Clearly, international pressure on Israel must increase to stop the massacre that is going on daily," said Janice Folk-Dawson, chair of the CUPE Ontario University Workers Coordinating Committee, whose conference is scheduled for February. "We are proud to add CUPE voices to others from around the world saying enough is enough."

Ryan and other CUPE representatives will join in the demonstration against the Israeli assault on Gaza at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, January 3 at Dundas Square in Toronto.

Contact Information

  • CUPE Ontario
    Sid Ryan
    President
    (416) 209-0066

    or

    CUPE Communications
    Pat Daley
    (416) 616-6142