Palestinians Cry Foul of Bundestag Policy Not to Boycott Israel

Published May 19th, 2019 - 10:57 GMT
German Resolution Against BDS Angers Palestinians  (Twitter)
German Resolution Against BDS Angers Palestinians (Twitter)
“I hope that this decision will bring about concrete steps and I call upon other countries to adopt similar legislation,”

Palestinians denounced the German parliament (Bundestag) resolution to denounce the boycott, divest and sanctions movement against Israel (BDS).

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the Bundestag decision calling on other countries to adopt similar legislation.

“I hope that this decision will bring about concrete steps and I call upon other countries to adopt similar legislation,” he said in a statement on Twitter.

On Friday, German lawmakers approved a resolution denouncing the BDS movement describing its methods as anti-Semitic and reminiscent of Nazi-era calls to boycott Jews.

The motion called on the German government not to support events organized by BDS organizations or other groups that actively pursue its aims and vowed that the parliament would not finance any projects that call for a boycott of Israel or actively support the movement.

The German motion stated that “the pattern of argument and methods of the BDS movement are anti-Semitic.”

The resolution said a BDS campaign calling for Israeli products to be labeled with “Don’t Buy” stickers was reminiscent of the Nazi-era boycott of Jewish businesses, known in German as “Judenboykott”, which used slogans such as: “Don’t buy from Jews.”

BDS Germany denounced the decision saying the parliament’s equation of the nonviolent movement for Palestinian rights with anti-Semitism is based on outright lies.

“It’s not only anti-Palestinian McCarthyism, it is a betrayal of international law, German democracy, and the fight against real anti-Jewish racism,” it added.

Fatah movement also denounced the resolution saying it is a blatant violation of the international laws and German democracy. It added such a motion is against the Palestinians’ right to self-determination and establish their independent state.

This decision coincides with US policies against the Palestinian people, as the extreme right-wing government in Israel continues with its daily crimes against the people and the land, adding it is the gift of the German parliament to the occupation.

The Popular Front said the Bundestag's decision was disgraceful and biased towards Israel, describing it as “dangerous.” It added that the parliament’s motion damages Germany’s credibility as one of the countries that values democracy, freedom, and justice.

Hamas movement described the resolution as “unfortunate, disgraceful, and unprecedented in the history of human rights and freedom of expression.”

The movement noted that Germany was unable to abandon the historical feeling of guilt towards the Jews, however, that cannot be corrected at the expense of the Palestinian people and their rights and struggle for freedom and independence. 

The Palestinian National Council also issued a statement saying the German parliament is tantamount to encouraging and supporting the "occupation, settlement, and racial discrimination" that Israel has been committing against Palestinian Authority Arabs for more than 71 years. 

The Council noted that the democratic parliaments should rely on international law and international legitimacy, as well as on truth and justice, and help peoples under occupation and oppression rather than strengthen the occupation. 

PNC emphasized that Germany was obligated to fight the "occupation." It also regretted that German legislators submitted “to the pressures and baseless lies" of the Israeli "occupation" against the BDS movement, calling on the German parliament to rescind its decision and support Palestinians’ right to self-determination. 

This article has been adapted from its original source.    

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