On Monday the Ontario division of Canada's largest union voted to support an international campaign to boycott Israel over its treatment of Palestinians, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported on its website this weekend.
The decision to join the campaign, until Israel recognizes the Palestinians' right to self-determination, was supported by an overwhelming majority of the delegates to the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) at the Ontario convention in Ottawa this Saturday. The Ontario body represents more than 200,000 workers.
The global anti-Israel campaign, which started last July, has received support from many North American churches and some 20 Quebec organizations, the CBC reported.
According to the report, CUPE also condemned what they called Israel's "apartheid wall," saying it is illegal under international law.
"Boycott, divestment and sanction worked to end apartheid in South Africa," Katherine Nastovski, chairwoman of the CUPE Ontario international solidarity committee, said.
"We believe the same strategy will work to enforce the rights of Palestinian people, including the right of refugees to return to their homes and properties," she added.