British secretary of justice Michael Gove accuses BDS movement of using apartheid tactics

Published March 16th, 2016 - 01:04 GMT
Gove expressed his opinions on the BDS movement at an international conference on anti-Semitism. (AFP/File)
Gove expressed his opinions on the BDS movement at an international conference on anti-Semitism. (AFP/File)

The secretary of justice for the UK has slammed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, accusing it of employing apartheid techniques. At an international conference on anti-Semitism in Berlin, Michael Gove argued that the world must show solidarity with “the Jews,” which drew criticism from those pointing out that “Israel” and “Jews” is not the same thing.

“Israel is dealing with a prejudiced, systematic attack against its existence. The BDS movement, which claims that it is working against apartheid, in retrospect is using methods of apartheid in that it calls for the shunning of Jewish academics, the boycott of Jewish goods, the de-legitimization of Jewish commerce. It is up to us to show solidarity with the Jews and with their right to national sovereignty,” he said.

 

Tzipi Livni, the former foreign minister of Israel was also present at the discussion, claiming that anti-Semitism guises itself as criticism of Israel.

“BDS succeeds because people don't understand that the organization doesn't exist to help the Palestinians, nor does it protest against specific Israeli policy,” she said. “It is in complete opposition to the existence of the State of Israel. Instead of giving BDS the opportunity to isolate Israel, we should isolate BDS.”

The UK has recently attempted to crack down on BDS by stripping the power of local councils to participate in the movement.


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