Germany became the first European country to declare the BDS movement against Israel as antisemitic.
The non-binding motion, which was passed by the Bundestag on Friday, declared the campaign that seeks to inflict economic damage on Israel as “reminiscent of the most terrible chapter in Germany history” and triggered memories of the Nazis’ slogan “Don’t buy from Jews.”
The motion, which was sponsored by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, as well as the Social Democrats, FDP and the Green Party, also noted the “growing unease” of Germany’s Jewish community over the growth of antisemitism in recent years.
According to a report by Germany’s Interior Ministry, antisemitic crime and hate crime rose by 20 percent in 2018, to 1,800 incidents.
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon praise the move by Germany.
“This is a crushing victory for the truth and a great achievement in the struggle against Israel’s detractors,” he said. “Germany proved to BDS supporters that its lies do not go unnoticed, but will pay a price. I congratulate the German parliamentarians who took part in passing this historic decision and call on the rest of the world leaders to join Germany, and work towards shaping a future without hatred against Jews and against Israel.”
“The German parliament has taken a welcome leading step today in approving this unprecedented motion, setting a strong example to other governments in Europe on contending with the funding for groups which call Israel’s right to exist into question and promote agendas which run contrary to European values and the quest for peace between Israel and the Palestinians,” said president of the World Jewish Congress Ronald S. Lauder.