The US-based National Lawyers Guild (NLG) issued a statement Wednesday urging international support for the boycott of Israeli goods by the Norwegian County of Sor-Trondelag.
The National Lawyers Guild has been sending delegations to report on Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza Strip since 1977.
The Guild announced in their press release Wednesday, "In keeping with its historic and recent positions on Palestine, the NLG strongly supports the County of Sor-Trondelag’s boycott Israel resolution and urges other governmental and non-governmental entities to do the same."
Sor-Trondelag County has issued a local proclamation condemning Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights, the establishment of colonies in violation of international law, the construction of the Wall, which was declared illegal by the International Court of Justice, and the prohibition on the return of refugees.
The ‘selective purchasing’ law submitted by the County is similar to those passed against the apartheid regime in South Africa in the 1980s, as part of the pressure campaign on that country to end its state-sanctioned policy of racial discrimination and separation.
Founded in 1937 as the first racially integrated national bar association, the National Lawyers Guild is the oldest and largest public interest/human rights bar organization in the United States, with more than 200 chapters.