Aug 30, 2010

Postal union backs end to Gaza blockade - #BDS

TORONTO — The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) is urging Canadians to send postcards to Palestinians on a ship that will attempt to run the blockade of Gaza.

CUPW, which supports boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) efforts to isolate Israel, said Israel’s suspension of mail delivery to Gaza “is for us a more global issue. Gaza is for us like a prison for 1.5 million people. They cannot receive day-to-day necessities,” CUPW president Denis Lemelin said.

CUPW is backing an effort by a coalition of Canadian organizations, many of them Arab or Muslim, to run the blockade some time in October. An organization called Canadian Boat to Gaza states on its website that it is attempting to raise $300,000 to finance a boat and crew that will bring aid and supporters to Gaza. The website says the ship will also “carry exports out of Gaza. Thus asserting their right to export, trade and provide for themselves rather than be at the mercy of international aid.” CUPW hopes to include the postcards on the ship.

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