#BDS | Anti-Israeli BDS movement boosted in UK

The Palestinian-led global movement for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) of Israel has received a boost after a discussion was called at the Israeli regime’s parliament, the Knesset, over Britain.

The Knesset Sub-Committee for Israel-World Jewish Community Relations described Britain as “the European and even world centre of the political struggle against Israel.”

It also scheduled a discussion on “the challenges standing before the Jewish and pro-Israeli community in Britain, and the range of possible responses to these challenges.”

The discussion was initiated by the Chairperson of the Sub-committee, MK Einat Wilf of the Atzmaut party of Defence Minister Ehud Barak.

MK Wilf cited the recent call to boycott the Israeli Habima’s Hebrew-language performance of The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on 28-29 May 2012.

No fewer than 20 senior Israeli government ministries and NGOs will take part in this discussion, which will further include leaders of the Jewish community in the UK.

Government offices to be represented include the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs and the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption while semi-governmental bodies and NGOs represented include the Jewish National Fund, the World Zionist Organisation and the Shalom Hartman Institute.

A date for the sub-committee discussion has not yet been made public.


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