ADL denounces Norwegian trade union's decision to boycott Israel
New York, May 13: The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today strongly denounced the vote by a Norwegian trade union to adopt a full economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel.
The Congress of the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO), which represents over 900,000 unionized workers in the country – more than one quarter of the adult working population – voted 193 to 117 in favor of a total boycott of the State of Israel.
“The vote for a full international boycott of Israel by the LO union not only reflects a deep bias against Israel and its active labor movement, but undermines efforts to bring Israelis and Palestinians together,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “A vote in favor of boycotts, divestment and sanctions is a vote against the very legitimacy of the Jewish state.”
The vote went against the recommendation of the union’s executive committee, which had advocated for a boycott only of products and services from settlements in the West Bank. Immediately after the vote, Norway’s Foreign Minister said the government strongly disapproved of the decision and commented on Twitter, “We need more cooperation and dialogue, not boycott.”
Meanwhile while,Foreign Minister of Norway Børge Brende also reacted to the boycott and stated that the government does not support boycott of Israel. "I apologize for LO’s this decision. This is not the way to help resolving the unrestrained conflict between Israelis and Palestinians," he said. He further noted boycott creates distance, and Norwegian government believed in dialogue and cooperation. " Norway has close, long-term and friendly relations with both the Israelis and Palestinians, and wants broad political, cultural and economic cooperation with both parties,"said he.
The Oslo Times International News Network