Postie Union Should Apologize for 'Anti-Israel Rhetoric,' Says Minister

March 7, 2013

Parliamentary bureau reporter Daniel Proussalidis reports the Canadian Union of Postal Workers has walked into a new controversy after writing in its March newsletter that Canada “plays a key part in perpetuating war crimes” by Israel.

“Canada is allowing Israel to terrorize occupied people, breach international law, normalize home demolitions, build prison-style walls and checkpoints, and steal resources,” said CUPW in the newsletter.

CUPW also says it reached into its Atlantic region’s solidarity fund last year, partly paid for by union dues, to send Ruth Breen from Fredericton to Palestine to resist what it called Israeli occupation.

Minister of state for transport, Steven Fletcher, responsible for Canada Post, said the union is out of line.

“CUPW should apologize for this misuse of public funds and its anti-Israeli rhetoric,” Fletcher.

The union has argued in the past it doesn’t misuse public funds, but CUPW’s atlantic region national director refused to address the controversy Tuesday.


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