"Marrickville Council has stayed firm in the face of criticism for its recent decision to join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israeli apartheid in Palestine.
The council passed a Greens-initiated motion to support the BDS campaign on December 14.
The motion read: “In particular recognition of its sister city relationship with Bethlehem and the strong support for this relationship from local progressive faith communities and other community members, Marrickville Council support the principles of the BDS global campaign and reports back on any links the Council has with organisations or companies that support or profit from the Israeli military occupation of Palestine with a view to the Council divesting from such links and imposing a boycott on any future such links or goods purchases.
“Marrickville Council [will] boycott all goods made in Israel and any sporting, institutional academic, government or institutional cultural exchanges.
“Marrickville Council [will] write to the local state and federal ministers (Carmel Tebbutt and Anthony Albanese) informing them of council’s position and seeking their support at the state and federal level for the global BDS movement.”