Pompeo says U.S. will label anti-Israel BDS movement “anti-Semitic”

government support for such groups,” he said, adding that all nations should “recognize the BDS movement for the cancer that it is.”

BDS organizers cast their movement as a non-violent way of protesting Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians, modeled on the campaign that helped end apartheid in South Africa. has already cut off nearly all forms of aid to the Palestinians, part of its unprecedented support for Israel in the decades-old conflict. Pompeo said he would also visit the Golan Heights, which Israel seized from Syria in the 1967 war. Trump’s Mideast plan, which overwhelmingly favored Israel and was rejected by the Palestinians, would allow Israel to annex up to a third of the West Bank, including all of its settlements there, which are home to nearly 500,000 Israelis. In huge show of support for Israel, Pompeo labels BDS movement “anti-Semitic,” plans Golan Heights visit

November 19, 2020 / 10:06 AM

U.S.   “For a long time, the State Department took the wrong view of settlements,” Pompeo said, but it now recognizes that “settlements can be done in a way that (is) lawful, appropriate and proper.”   Neither Netanyahu nor Pompeo said anything about the U.S. First published on November 19, 2020 / 5:19 AM Maya Alleruzzo/Pool/REUTERS

Jerusalem — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the U.S. The official BDS website explicitly rejects anti-Semitism.   Pompeo did not provide additional details, and it was unclear what organizations would be at risk of losing funding. Israelis have accused international groups like Human Rights Watch of supporting BDS, allegations they deny. The movement has had some limited success over the years but no impact on the Israeli economy. election. Israeli PM criticized for annexation push


Pompeo spoke at a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said the Israel-U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to restore U.S.   Netanyahu thanked the administration for moving its embassy to contested Jerusalem, dropping its position that Israeli settlements are contrary to international law, recognizing Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights and taking a hard line against Iran. Netanyahu congratulated Mr.   Virtually all Palestinian non-governmental organizations support the boycott movement, but under President Donald Trump the U.S. says “unlawful” Israeli demolition left 41 Palestinian kids homeless”We will immediately take steps to identify organizations that engage in hateful BDS conduct and withdraw U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, listens to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking during their joint statement after meeting in Jerusalem, November 19, 2020. The Palestinians want both territories to be part of their future state and view the settlements as a violation of international law and an obstacle to peace — a position endorsed by most of the international community.   Israel views BDS as an assault on its very existence, and has seized on statements by some supporters to accuse it of anti-Semitism, allegations denied by the movement’s organizers. Trump, has yet to acknowledge President-elect Joe Biden’s projected victory. aid to the Palestinians and to work on reviving the peace process. will regard the Palestinian-led boycott movement as “anti-Semitic” and cut off government support for any organizations taking part in it, a step that could deny funding to Palestinian and international human rights groups.   Pompeo announced the initiative during a visit to Israel in which he is expected to make the first-ever appearance by a secretary of state in an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank. Pompeo, like Mr. Biden and referred to him as the president-elect in an official statement earlier this week.   “We will regard the global, anti-Israel BDS campaign as anti-Semitic,” Pompeo said, referring to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.U.N. Former Israeli leader on Mideast peace talks


Mr.   Israel captured east Jerusalem and the West Bank in the 1967 war. alliance had reached “unprecedented heights” under the Trump administration.