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BFAWU Conference ’18 Bakers' union condemns Israel's ‘indiscriminate murder’ of Palestinians

FOOD workers today condemned Israel’s “indiscriminate murder” of Palestinians and voted to fight against British arms sales to the country.

Members of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) meeting at their annual conference in Southport lined up to attack Israel for its cold-blooded massacres of peaceful protesters.

Delegates shone a light on the murder of Palestinian children including Leila al-Ghandour, who at eight-months-old was the youngest killed in the May protests, after being choked with tear gas.

Delegates voted unanimously for the emergency motion, which demanded active lobbying to end arms sales to Israel.

Leicestershire delegate Dougie Johnson said: “When Amnesty International investigated what happened, they said that in most cases victims were shot in the upper body.

“These people are merely protesting their unbearable conditions.

“Make no mistake, Israeli snipers were deliberately killing or critically injuring people who posed no immediate threat whatsoever to Israeli soldiers.”

Mr Johnson drew attention to the fact that over 60 per cent of Gaza’s residents are under the age of 30 and called the area the “biggest prison camp in the world.”

“Children are being targeted by this government — and we sell weapons to them,” he said.

“What you’re seeing — and I do not use these words gently — is an attempted genocide against the Palestinian people.”

Pat Riley, from Devon, said: “This country is one of the top sellers of arms to Israel.

“We must see to it that we stop Israeli attacks on children being funded by our country.”

McStriker and Manchester delegate Lauren McCourt also drew attention to the existence of factories in Lancashire that produce arms for Israel.

She encouraged BFAWU members to engage in ongoing protests or actions against these “bomb factories.”


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