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Amnesty slams US labelling of Israel boycott movement as 'anti-Semitic'

20-11-2020 18:57

The New Arab

 

Amnesty International has slammed Washington's designation of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement as antisemitic, calling the move a violation of the freedom of expression.

The leading human rights group called BDS a "form of non-violent advocacy and of free expression that must be protected".

 

"The Department of State's targeting of groups advocating for using peaceful means, such as boycotts, to end human rights violations against Palestinians as antisemitic violates freedom of expression," Interim Executive Director of Amnesty International USA Bob Goodfellow said on Wednesday following the announcement by Mike Pompeo.



"This is simply the latest attack from a US government determined to undermine the universality of human rights and the global fight against racism and discrimination, including antisemitism," he added.

 

Secretary of State Pompeo announced on Wednesday that Washington will take measures against the BDS campaign, which seeks to isolate Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians.

 

Washington "will regard the global anti-Israel BDS campaign as anti-Semitic," he said.

 

"We will immediately take steps to identify organisations that engage in hateful BDS conduct and withdraw US government support for such groups," Pompeo said.

 

"We want to stand with all other nations that recognise the BDS movement for the cancer that it is."

 

 


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