German Parliament Labels BDS Antisemitic

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The German parliament voted on Friday to label the anti-Israel racist BDS movement antisemitic.

The move means the German government and its subsidiary bodies cannot collaborate with the BDS movement or any entity that advocates a boycott of Israel.

According to the Jerusalem Post, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised what he called an "important decision to recognize BDS as an antisemitic movement and that it is forbidden to support it."

"I particularly appreciate the Bundestag's call on Germany to stop funding organizations that work against the existence of the State of Israel," he added. "I hope this decision will lead to concrete action and I call on other countries to adopt similar legislation."

Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan, who heads Israel's anti-BDS efforts, called the move "an important step in the war against the boycott and the new antisemitism" and "the true face of the boycott movement had been exposed."

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