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Support for BDS Movement Still Strong in Europe

September 29, 2016
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Pro-Palestinian march in Malmo, Sweden

Friday, 30 September 2016 | New York Senator Chuck Schumer has criticized efforts to delegitimize and boycott Israel, slamming the BDS movement as “a modern form of anti-Semitism…Those who call for boycotts of Israel… are practicing whether they know it or not – a modern form of anti-Semitism,” Schumer told the Israeli American Council’s 2016 National Israeli American Conference.

The Democratic senator said the BDS movement ultimately didn’t “believe there should be a Jewish state in the Middle East and are guilty of the same anti-Semitism. We need to make that argument loudly and strongly and go against the BDS movement and call it for what it is, an anti-Semitic and not just anti-Israel movement.

“I applaud the governors of New York and California” for passing anti-BDS legislation, Schumer added.

While anti-Semitism is enjoying a renaissance on American college campuses, Schumer said, the problem was worse in Europe. “Unfortunately, anti-Semitism seems to be in far too many European homes.” Schumer noted that the hatred of Israel and correlating anti-Semitism is on the rise on both the fringe right and far-left in Europe, citing the UK Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn as an example.

“Europe has shown how anti-Israel and anti-Semitic the BDS movement really is. Far-right parties are experiencing a rebirth, and far-left parties… like the Labour party under Corbyn are increasingly anti-Israel.

“Terrorism and violence against Jews is on the rise, from vandalizing synagogues to the horrible attack on a Jewish grocery in Paris. It is no wonder that last year in France, home to the largest Jewish population in Europe, set a record for the migration of Jews to Israel.”

Posted on September 29, 2016

Source: (The World Jewish Congress originally issued this press release on 26 September, 2016. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

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