- 2019 National LGBT+ Conference
- 19 September 2019
a)2019 commemorates the 52nd anniversary of the occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza
b) In 2017 research by War on Want showed that HSBC had invested over £800 million in, and provided syndicated loans worth up to £19 billion for, companies providing weapons and equipment to the Israeli military. These investments include approximately £100 million worth of shares in the company Caterpillar, which supplies the Israeli army with bulldozers.
c) HSBC is a target for ‘Stop Arming Israel’, a campaign run by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) and War on Want
d) HSBC sponsors and funds Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Plus (LGBT+) pride events worldwide.
Conference further notes that HSBC is the main sponsor of Birmingham Pride, an event that seeks to promote equality for all, and that Aswat, a Palestinian LBT+ women’s group, have made a call for Birmingham Pride to drop HSBC as a sponsor until it ends its complicity with Israel’s arms trade. PSC has launched a campaign, in partnership with UK LGBT+ groups, which will continue until Birmingham Pride adheres to Aswat’s call.
Conference welcomes the decision by the 2019 Trades Union Congress (TUC) LGBT+ Conference to adopt the ‘Palestine’ motion submitted by UNISON, which called on the TUC and affiliates to:
i)Support this campaign, and write to Birmingham Pride calling on them to drop HSBC as a sponsor
ii) Urge LGBT+ trade unionists to support the campaign and to endorse the call from ASWAT.
Conference instructs the National LGBT+ Committee, working with the National Executive Council and International Department as appropriate, to:
1)Seek to work with the TUC LGBT+ Committee to gain the support of LGBT+ trade unionists and other trade unions for the campaign
2) Explore with PSC and LGBT+ groups in selected trade unions the potential for using the campaign as a focus for setting up a new LGBT+ Palestine network to maintain a consistent focus on LGBT+ solidarity with the Palestinian people and engage LGBT+ trade unionists in its work, in line with the decision of 2018 LGBT Conference
3) Continue to encourage LGBT+ members, branch and regional groups to take up appropriate actions in support of Palestinian rights
4) Continue campaigning to raise LGBT+ people’s awareness why not to go on holiday or make cultural or sporting visits to Israel
5) Continue to publicise the work of PSC, and urge LGBT+ members to join and to get their branches and regions to affiliate.