Knesset holds special session on BDS Movement

Justice Minister refers to BDS as “anti-Semitism” in new guise; Israel’s left wing MK’s state Israel must choose “Either settlements or international legitimacy”

Israel's Justice Minister calls BDS new anti-Semitism

Israel’s Justice Minister calls BDS new anti-Semitism

Israel’s parliament (Knesset) held a special session on the BDS movement, following two major attacks on the State of Israel this week through the movement.

During the session, Israel’s Justice Minister addressed the BDS Movement and supporters of the movement, warned that the movement is “anti-Semitism in new guise”. She stated that BDS “is anti-Semitism in a new guise with the same symptoms” and that “There is a de-legitimization campaign against Israel happening right now. These are ephemeral organizations and we need to stop cooperating with them and cut ties, have them pay for their boycotts.”

She stated, “Open your eyes and ears. In 2012, the UN General Assembly approved 22 resolutions against Israel compared to four against the rest of the world countries” Addressing left-wing parties (specifically Meretz) within Israel’s parliament, she stated, “This is a campaign of lies and threats and you were standing at the podium reading quotes from Breaking the Silence, an organization which is slandering Israel and damaging it.”

She spoke of the growing trend and support of BDS and anti-Israel sentiment stating, “Today, it’s ‘super in’ to be anti-Israel,” she continued. “If someone thinks withdrawals will help, they are wrong. The biggest diplomatic attacks against the State of Israel were all done because of Israel’s operations in Gaza, from which we withdrew until the last centimeter. Are we also occupiers in the Negev? Israel’s boycotts seek to erase the State of Israel, not divide it.”

Israel’s former finance minister and current MK, Yair Lapid warned of the long-term affects and possible permanence of the BDS movement, specifically boycotts. He stated that, “The European consumer in Belgium or London is told ‘you can’t buy products because they’re from the settlements.’ Does he know where the settlements are? No, he knows where Israel is. So he is now no longer buying Israeli products and telling the supermarket owner, ‘don’t bring products from Israel because I’m not going to check now if it is from Ma’ale Adumim or Ra’anana.’ How can he tell the difference? It could de-facto create a boycott on Israel in all kinds of places. This is damaging to more than 30 percent of Israeli exports.”

Meretz Chairwoman, Zehava Golan responded to MK Ayelet Shaked, stating, “You think you can stand there and preach us and we will remain quiet? Come to 2015 already…. We cannot bear this victimization policy of yours… Calm down, because those who work in the service of this boycott are members of the Netanyahu government. They are those who impose separation on buses and release videos of Arabs ‘going in droves’ (to the polls) and claims Arabs are playing games. You will have to decide: Either settlements or international legitimacy.”