Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: US to recognize BDS movement as Antisemitic
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu interjected that the policy is “simply wonderful.”
The US will withdraw funding from groups boycotting Israel, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during his meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Thursday.
“We will recognize the global BDS campaign as antisemitic,” Pompeo said. “The time is right… We want to join all the other nations that recognize BDS for the cancer that it is.”
Netanyahu interjected that the policy is “simply wonderful.”
Pompeo later released a statement that the US “strongly opposes the global discriminatory boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign…and practices that facilitate it, such as discriminatory labeling and the publication of databases of companies that operate in Israel or Israeli-controlled areas.”
He added that “anti-Zionism is antisemitism.”
The secretary of state directed the Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism to identify organizations that support the BDS movement and whether these organizations are working to penalize or limit commercial relations with Israel or “any territory controlled by Israel,” meaning Judea and Samaria.
In addition, the State Department will review its funds to make sure none are going to entities that support the BDS campaign, including foreign aid funding.
There are currently 30 states that have laws of different kinds banning state funding for affiliates of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.
The BDS movement was started in 2005 by Omar Barghouti, who has been living in Israel for close to 30 years. Barghouti said in an interview with the Gazan Voice Podcast earlier this year that the ultimate goal of his movement is to eliminate Israel: “There won’t be any Zionist state like the one we speak about [presently].”
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