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Large United Kingdom trade union prohibits members from visiting Israel

By Mason White 12:34 PM June 9, 2013
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By: Eva Fett
One of the largest trade unions in the United Kingdom has banned its members from visiting Israel.

The GMB Congress ruled to prohibit its members from visiting Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

The union members, at the annual meeting in Plymouth, voted through a motion that said funding for travel must be stopped because the Trade Union Friends of Israel-organized delegations opposes a boycott of Israel.

A Trade Union Friends of Israel-organized delegations spokesperson said the decision was “disappointing.” He highlighted the Trade Union Friends of Israel-organized delegations work links to GMB, whose leader, Ed Miliband, also opposes boycotts.

GMB is a general union in the U.K., and has more than 617,000 members. Its members come from various sectors, with particular strength among manual workers in local government, as schools, health services, ambulance service, security, retail, distribution and services.