[2023] Motion 73 Right to boycott

Composited motion

Received from:

Congress notes:

The current right-wing Israeli government, having launched its biggest military incursion in the West Bank in two decades, is announcing thousands of new illegal settlements, expelling Palestinians from East Jerusalem and Masafer Yatta, demolishing homes and schools, and failing to prevent armed settlers from rampaging through villages killing and attacking Palestinians, destroying homes and agricultural lands.

In the West Bank alone, the Israeli military has this year killed more than 180 Palestinians.

Congress further notes:

i. the government’s Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill giving the government the power to veto the right of public authorities, including public sector pension funds, to divest from companies proven to be responsible for human rights violations.

ii. the legislation would shield the Israeli government from accountability, alongside companies complicit in its occupation, by legislating to silence those trying to achieve change.

Congress believes:

a. any attempt to delegitimise the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions and to suggest that Palestinians should be denied the right to appeal to people of conscience for support, must be rejected

b. the ability of public authorities, including public sector pension funds, to divest from companies responsible for violations of human rights should be defended

c. such legislation could have blocked the boycott of goods and companies complicit in Apartheid South Africa.

Congress resolves to:

1. reaffirm support for Palestinian rights, including our commitment to “boycott the goods of companies who profit from illegal settlements, the Occupation and the construction of the Wall”

2. support the Right to Boycott coalition.

National Education Union


› In the “Congress further notes” section, delete all after “Bill” up to and including “change” and replace with the following:
“would undermine ethical investment and procurement by public bodies by restricting the consideration of human and workers” rights, international law and environmental concerns, linked to the behaviour of a foreign state. It damages freedom of speech, local democracy, devolution and pension scheme members” rights.”

› In the “Congress resolves to” section, insert new sentence at the end of the motion:
“Campaign with affiliates against the Bill.”