Pompeo: US to recognize BDS movement as antisemitic

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyah in Jerusalem, Nov. 19, 2020.  photo: Amos Ben-Gershom / GPO)
This announcement that the USA will brand BDS-supporting organizations as ‘antisemitic’ is alarming.

By Lahav Harkov  | The Jerusalem Post  |  Nov 19, 2020

‘The time is right… We want to join all the other nations that recognize BDS for the cancer that it is.’
— Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State

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.”

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