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21 September, Saturday

Bundestag decision over antisemitism welcomed by Netanyahu

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The German parliament has voted to condemn as anti-Semitic a movement that calls for economic pressure on Israel to end the occupation of Palestinian land, grant Palestinian citizens of Israel equal rights and recognise the right of return of Palestinian refugees.

In a move welcomed by Israel, a majority of legislators in the Bundestag voted on Friday in favour of a motion to label the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as an entity that uses anti-Semitic tactics to fulfil its political goals.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the Bundestag decision to "stop funding organisations that work against the existence of the state of Israel".

"I hope this decision will lead to concrete action and I call on other countries to adopt similar legislation," he added.

The BDS movement condemned the motion as anti-Palestinian.

"The German establishment is entrenching its complicity in Israel's crimes of military occupation, ethnic cleansing, siege and apartheid, while desperately trying to shield it from accountability to international law," it said on Twitter.



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