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21 September 2006


The Congress of South African Trade Unions (with 1,8 million members and part of the ruling tripartite alliance), ended its 9th Congress in Johannesburg on Thursday, 21st September. A resolution on the Middle East sponsored by the National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA), the Witwatersrand and Eastern Cape regions was unanimously adopted. The resolution appears below. Willie Madisha was re-elected as president. It is significant that Madisha’s first international engagement will be at the Canadian Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid’s conference to be held in Toronto between the 6th and 8th of October (see for details)

4.5.2 Middle East: NUMSA, Wits and Eastern Cape


1. The merciless killing of civilians in particular children in Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine.

2. The imprisonment of Iraqis, Palestinians and others by the U.S. administration and its allies.

3. These attacks are backed by the advanced capitalist economies in particular the U.S which arms and funds the Israel army.


1. The U.S. must withdraw all its forces unconditionally from Iraq and Afghanistan so that their people can determine their own future under the supervision of the United Nations.

2. Our government should impose sanctions against Israel until the aggression on Palestine and Lebanon is stopped.

3. We should step up the campaign for the release of Palestinians, Iraqis and other nations across the globe held by the U.S. and Israel.

4. COSATU members must boycott Israeli goods and demonstrations must be held at the embassies of Israel and the United States in South Africa.

5. The government must end with immediate affect the diplomatic ties with Israel including recalling the ambassador.

6. To strengthen the coalition against the wars in the Middle East.

7. Pledge our solidarity and support to the struggle of the Palestinian people for freedom and condemn in the strongest terms:
8. Demand that:

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