THE Limerick Trades Council is set to call for a formal boycott on the purchase of Israeli goods in the city.
As the conflict in Gaza rages on, the council of trade unions will meet on Thursday to consider a motion of solidarity with the Palestinian people.
President of the Trades Council, Mike McNamara says the motion - to be debated at the Mechanic’s Institute on Thursday - has been proposed by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.
It will read that the Trades Council “send wishes of solidarity to the Palestinian people and express our outrage at the bombardment of innocent civilians in that country.”
Congress has already called on people to boycott Israeli foods while the conflict continues, and Mr McNamara hopes the Limerick Council will support that call.
“We are not calling for a total ban on all Israeli goods. We are calling for a boycott of goods while bombardment is continuing,” he explained, “I would call on people to exercise their own conscience and consider in their every day lives where they spend their money on.”
If the motion is accepted, it is anticipated union members across Limerick will be encouraged to boycott goods originating from Israel.
Sinn Fein polltopper, Cllr Séighin Ó Ceallaigh has added his voice to the calls for a boycott.
“It is not enough to simply protest, we must also hit Israel where it hurts, financially, and that is through boycotting all Israeli goods. Sinn Féin Republican youth members highlighted this in a certain city centre supermarket, where we managed to fill a trolley full of Israeli products, which if bought will go towards the slaughter of Palestinian children,” he said.