ALP branch votes for cutting ties with Israel

SYDNEY - Such is the groundswell of community anger against the Israeli commando attack on the peace flotilla to Gaza that the Campbelltown branch of the ALP passed a strongly-worded motion on June 7 including calling on the Rudd government to cut ties with Israel.

The motion also condemned the attack and the blockade of Gaza, and called for support for the solidarity protests being organised by the Palestinian community and their supporters.

A branch member who wishes to remain anonymous told Green Left Weekly that about 30 people attended – a good turnout to an ALP branch meetings especially in winter.

Among those supporting the motion were teachers, social workers, retirees including a World War II veteran, a police person, nurses, hospital workers and various public servants. Laurie Ferguson, ALP MP for Reid, also voted in favour of the motion.