Secy. Pompeo denounces boycotts of Israel as anti-Semitic


Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks alongside Israel’s Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi after a security briefing on Mount Bental in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, near the Israeli-Syrian border, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently denounced boycotts being held against Israel by labeling them as anti-Semitic.

While holding a joint press conference in Israel Thursday, the U.S. official denounced the targeted practice against Israel known as the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The BDS movement began in 2005 as a non-violent protest against Israeli policies towards Palestinians. However, Israel sees the movement as a threat to its state that seeks to strategically damage its security and economy.

Secretary Pompeo said the U.S. sides with Israel over the matter and is going to crackdown on the practice.

“We will regard the global anti-Israel BDS campaign as anti-Semitic,” he stated. “I want you to know we will immediately take steps to identify organizations that engage in hateful BDS conduct and withdraw U.S. government support for such groups.”

Moving forward, Israel has the legal authority to ban foreigners with ties to the BDS movement.

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