Practical significance

Eini to US Jewish leaders: Don’t underestimate BDS movement

By JORDANA HORN 10/03/2011

Chairman of the Histadrut labor federation says that the boycott movement against Israel is “doing a good job all over the world.” NEW YORK – Ofer Eini, chairman of the Histadrut labor federation, told Jewish leaders in New York on Wednesday not to underestimate the power of the BDS boycott movement, and pledged to speak as often as possible to combat its efforts to sow anti-Israel sentiment among international unions. Eini, who is also vice president of the International Trade Unions Confederation, spoke at a briefing about the relationship between the Israeli and American labor movements, and about efforts being made to combat the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign to delegitimize Israel. The event was hosted by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and the World Jewish Congress. Eini said that the BDS movement against Israel is “doing a good job all over the world,” citing its efforts at the International Trade Unions Confederation last June in Vancouver as illustrative of the scope of its reach. “There was a chance that Israeli merchandise wouldn’t be able to go on the world seas,” Eini said, as a result of potential international union opposition to dealing with Israel, “and from my perspective, that would mean the destruction of the Israeli economy.”


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