Seattle teachers union endorses BDS, demands end to police partnership with Israel

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Members of the Seattle Education Association on strike in 2015. (photo: Seattle Education Association)
Seattle teachers union takes a strong stance supporting Palestinians under occupation.

By Michael Arria | Mondoweiss |  June 18, 2021

“Our Representative Assembly took a bold, vocal stand against injustice from Seattle to Palestine and called attention to the inexcusable relationship between Seattle Police and Israeli military and police.”
— Emma Klein, Seattle educator and union member

The Seattle Education Association (SEA) has passed a resolution expressing solidarity with Palestine and endorsing the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction movement (BDS). The resolution also demands an end to collaboration between the Seattle Police Department and Israeli military.

“The SEA leadership will use all the existing means of communication (email, Facebook, texts, and any other social media the union uses) to encourage all SEA members and community allies to learn about these issues and to encourage people in their communities to stand in solidarity with unions and oppressed people in Palestine,” declares the resolution.

“As a Jewish Educator, I am proud to be a member of SEA,” Seattle educator and union member Emma Klein told Mondoweiss in a statement. “Our Representative Assembly took a bold, vocal stand against injustice from Seattle to Palestine and called attention to the inexcusable relationship between Seattle Police and Israeli military and police. The SEA Recommendation is not an isolated action. Educators and institutions from around the world have come forward, as part of a vibrant and growing international movement in opposition to Israeli colonization and apartheid. We call on others to join us.”

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