German parliament declares Israel boycott campaign antisemitic

Israeli academics criticise motion, saying it is wrong to conflate BDS and antisemitism

Germany’s Bundestag has become the first parliament in Europe to pass a motion labelling the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel as antisemitic.

The non-binding motion, passed on Friday afternoon, said the campaign to boycott Israeli artists and goods was “reminiscent of the most terrible chapter in Germany history” and triggered memories of the Nazis’ slogan “Don’t buy from Jews”.

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Author: Philip Oltermann in Berlin

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