Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, announced Thursday that the US will recognize the BDS movement as antisemitic.
BDS (The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement) is a Palestinian-led movement promoting boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel. The movement was started in 2005 and its ultimate goal is to eliminate Israel.
Pompeo met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and said that he wants to join with all the other nations that “recognize BDS for the cancer that it is.”
Pompeo later released a statement that said the US “strongly opposes the global discriminatory boycott, divestment, and sanctions 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 US will deny government support to groups that participate in the movement and the State Department will review its funds to make sure none are going to entities that support the BDS campaign, including foreign aid funding.
Netanyahu said the decision is “simply wonderful.”
Moreover, Netanyahu said that the partnership between Israel and the US in recent years is evidence that “the United States has no better friend than the State of Israel and Israel has no better friend in the world than the United States of America.”
The Prime <inister thanked President Donald Trump for recognizing Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights, leaving the Iran nuclear deal, putting “crippling sanctions” on Iran, killing Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, and for putting forward “the first truly realistic plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians and for helping Israel forge peace with three Arab countries.”
“We are deeply grateful for all President Trump has done to strengthen Israel and advance peace,” Netanyahu said. “We are grateful for your unwavering support.”
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