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BDS movement deemed antisemitic by state office in Germany

Source: JTA

The Boycott, Divest and Sanctions campaign against Israel has been categorized as antisemitic by the Berlin State Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz).

In its annual report for 2017, released last week, the office – which monitors anti-democratic activities across the political spectrum in Berlin – describes the BDS campaign as a loosely organized movement, segments of which “question Israel’s right to exist and accuse Israel entirely of racism.”

The report “refers to a grey area” between “legitimate criticism of Israeli politics to anti-Zionist antisemitism,” and bases its understanding of anti-Semitism on the working definition proposed by Independent Expert Group on Antisemitism of the German Bundestag, and adopted last April.