It has been reported that Britain’s National Union of Journalists (NUJ) will discuss boycotting Israel and formerly throwing its support behind the Boycott, Divestments, Sanctions movement (BDS).
Apparently, the NUJ’s Delegate Meeting will in April table a motion calling for the following. 1. To encourage members to boycott Israeli products, and back lecturers and other professionals who refuse to cooperate with Israeli institutions. 2. To write to the BDS movement, declaring the union support for the campaign.
The NUJ and its 38,000 members have been down this road before. In 2007, members voted to boycott Israeli products, ostensibly to protest against Israel’s war in Lebanon. Less than three months later, the union scrapped the boycott.
The bottom line is that you can’t call yourself an objective journalist if you support the boycott of the country you cover. So all the British reporters in Israel should prepare to pack their bags. As a former member of the NUJ, I remember the heady days when our union reps readily sold their souls to the devil. It was never about money, it was just about junkets. There’d be long queues of officials lining up to visit the paragons of democracy. You know, enlightened places like Albania and North Korea, not to mention East Germany and Romania. Of course, as with today, the union was run by a bunch of lefties. Only in the 60s and 70s they tended to be Maoist or Stalinist. Now the NUJ (the National Union of Jerks) is run by the so-called liberal left, God help us.