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December 16, 2019 11:06 am

Boris Johnson’s Government Will Pass Anti-BDS Law, UK Official Says

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures during a visit to newly elected Conservative party MP for Sedgefield, Paul Howell at Sedgefield Cricket Club in County Durham, north east England on December 14, 2019, following his Conservative party’s general election victory. Photo: Lindsey Parnaby/Pool via REUTERS.

JNS.org – Boris Johnson’s new Conservative government aims to pass a law making it illegal for public bodies to take part in the anti-Israel Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a senior UK official said on Sunday.

Speaking at the International Institute for Strategic Dialogue conference in Jerusalem, UK Special Envoy for post-Holocaust matters Eric Pickles said, “BDS is antisemitic, and should be treated as such.” BDS, he added, constituted an attack not only on Jews, but also on British identity itself.

“Antisemitism is an attack on the British way of life and British identity. Without our Jewish citizens we would be a lesser nation,” he said.

Pickles said Johnson’s government would make BDS illegal for governmental and public bodies, a move which would prevent them from working with anyone who supports the effort to isolate and financially punish Israel.

Pickles, who is also president of the Association of the Conservative Friends of Israel, said that the resounding defeat of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labor Party on Dec. 12 was actually a national referendum on antisemitism.

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