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Los Angeles teachers union votes to indefinitely postpone motion endorsing BDS

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JTA — Los Angeles’ main teachers union voted Thursday to indefinitely postpone a motion in favor of boycotting Israel.

For months, the United Teachers of Los Angeles, which has approximately 30,000 members, has been debating a motion to support BDS, or the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel. The motion was first raised in the wake of the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza in May. It has since been adopted by several local chapters of the union.

The resolution calls for the union to “endorse the international campaign for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against apartheid in Israel,” according to a copy of the resolution’s text in the publication Left Voice. It also declares the union’s “solidarity with the Palestinian people because of the 3.8 billion dollars annually that the US government gives to Israel, thus directly using our tax dollars to fund apartheid and war crimes.”

Los Angeles’ union was far from alone in taking up the BDS issue this year. Teachers unions in San Francisco and Seattle approved BDS resolutions, while the National Education Association, the largest national teachers........

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