Last night (19 April, 2011) the Council Chamber at Marrickville was packed and overflowing with BDS supporters (also a small number of people opposed to BDS). Thank you to all our supporters who turned out in such amazing numbers!
A big thankyou as well to Council staff for arranging to broadcast the debate into two other rooms so everyone could hear. There were 3 hours of debate, wonderful contributions from the community and some councillors, speeches which we will publish here soon.
Sadly the following resolution was passed:
Item without notice: Motion (O’Sullivan/Macri)
1. Resolve not to pursue the GBDS against Israel in any shape or form as called for in the December 14 resolution; and
2. Remains concerned about Palestinian human rights and calls on Israel to end the occupation of all Arab lands and dismantle the Wall; ensure the fundamental rights of Palestinians to full equality; and respect, protect and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties.
For Motion and against BDS:
Councillors Hanna (Ind), Iskandar (ALP), Macri(Ind), Olive (G), O’Sullivan (ALP), Phillips (G), Tsardoulias (ALP) and Wright (ALP)
Against Motion and for BDS:
Councillors Byrne (G), Kontellis (G), Peters (G) and Thanos (Ind)
Marrickville BDS says:
Although Council is for the time being unable to continue formal support for BDS, there are many of us in the community to continue the struggle until apartheid is dead in Israel and it is a democracy for all its citizens.