‘European countries must send a clear message against BDS,’ Israeli minister says



European Union flags in front of the European Commission building in Brussels. Credit: Amio Cajander via Wikimedia Commons.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israeli Social Equality Minister Gila Gamliel denounced the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement at a pro-Israel conference hosted Monday by the European Parliament in Brussels.

“All European countries must send a clear message against boycott organizations, as they did in Britain and Germany,” she said.

“The BDS movement, which has in recent years encouraged diplomatic terrorism against the state of Israel by spreading lies on campuses and at anti-Semitic events around the world, is not interested in finding a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but rather works to isolate Israel from the rest of the world and undermines its right to exist as a democratic and Jewish state,” said Gamliel.

Jewish community leaders from across Europe and European Parliament members participated in the conference, titled “Israel: Include. Invest. Involve.” The gathering was organized by the Europe Israel Public Affairs lobby.

The European Parliament hosted a conference in support of the BDS movement on the same day as the pro-Israel event.

Posted on January 24, 2017 .