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Dear Mr. Lemelin,
I recently received a copy of a letter you wrote to Members of Parliament regarding my condemnation of the anti-Israel content in your newsletter “The Rose.”
CUPW’s statements in “The Rose” are indisputably radical and anti-Zionist. The article says clearly: “Our country plays a key part in perpetuating war crimes and we can use our voice to oppose it. Canada is allowing Israel to terrorize occupied people, breach international law, normalize home demolitions, build prison-style walls and checkpoints, and steal resources.”
The article also mentions that a CUPW solidarity fund sent a member to what it calls “Palestine.” This comes just months after CUPW attempted to send union members to an anti-Israel conference in Brazil at which participants called for the release of a convicted terrorist.
I ask you this: How is spreading anti-Israel propaganda and sending union members on political trips relevant to the mandate of CUPW?
Union dues are tax deductible, so this is a complete abuse of public funds. Furthermore, CUPW’s radical political behaviour does nothing to help postal workers in Canada and marginalizes postal workers who may not conform to CUPW’s political agenda.
CUPW’s radical and hostile anti-Israel actions do nothing to help the situation in the Middle East. CUPW is contributing to simplifying a complicated issue and promoting misunderstanding.
It is also completely inappropriate that a Canadian union is spending its resources on propaganda and political activism that is unrelated to its mandate.
Union bosses at CUPW should respect members by focusing on improving working conditions in Canada, instead of on spreading hate.