The parliament of Occupied Germany has passed a motion declaring the BDS Israel Movement to be ‘anti-semitic,’ according to an article by RT. Several parties in the German Bundestag backed the motion. This included the Greens and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union. The move makes the government of Occupied Germany the first European government to formally recognize the BDS Movement as anti-semitic. It also pressures the German government to cut funding to some human rights groups.
The right-wing party Alternative for Deutschland (AfD), which has previously called for a total ban of the BDS Movement, abstained from the vote, as many members felt it did not go far enough. The Guardian quoted AfD MP Jürgen Braun as saying, “anti-semitism comes from the left and Islam.” AfD has consistently sided with jewish interests in the past.
The Bundestag cited the “growing unease” of Occupied Germany’s jewish communities as justification for its motion. German politicians referenced a rise in purported hate crimes against jewish people. A few compared the call for a boycott of Israeli goods to National Socialist policies during WW2.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to Twitter to call the motion an “important decision” and suggested that other nations should follow Germany’s example.
Jewish interest groups have occupied Germany and its government for over 70 years. Unsurprisingly, this fact was not mentioned by any member of the Bundestag.