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BDS is antisemitic rules German Bundestag

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Source: haaretz

The German Bundestag ruled on Friday that the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is antisemitic, calling on German Federal offices and bodies not to collaborate in any way with events that advocate to boycott or delegitimize the Jewish state.

Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan reacted to the decision by calling it “an important step in the war against the boycott and the new antisemitism” and argued that “the true face of the boycott movement had been exposed.”

He called on other countries in the European Union to follow Germany.
The spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry Emmanuel Nahshon also lauded the decision. In a tweet he noted the large majority that supported the resolution.

Acting Foreign Minister Israel Katz said, “The German parliament has ruled that [BDS] is an anti-Semitic movement, which promotes an illegal boycott against Israel. This is an important step. We hope that other countries in Europe will follow suit.”

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein tweeted: “Thank you #Bundestag! For the courageous and important decision! BDS is a dangerous, antisemitic movement. You are the first, but many others will follow in your footsteps. Thank you, Bundestag President my friend Wolfgang Schäuble, for your efforts.”