Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said during his weekly cabinet on Sunday that his government will allocate “additional funding” to counter the activity of the Palestinian-led international Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement (BDS), The New Arab reported.
Bennett’s announcement came after Israeli daily Israel Hayom – close to former premier and rival Benjamin Netanyahu – claimed the current government was “not doing enough to counter BDS”.
Israel To Increase Funding To Counter BDS Movementhttps://t.co/0eEC3OrnAt
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The newspaper said the merging of both the strategic affairs and foreign ministries had led to a decrease in funding, while the former ministry had a primary focus on countering global “anti-Israel” movements.
The BDS campaign calls for a boycott of Israel, including culturally and academically, until it ends its occupation of Palestinian territories and recognizes Palestinian rights.
#Israel's $72m 'war chest' to fight #BDS arrives in Europe but every Israeli attempt to discredit the #Palestinian boycott movement is helping it gain more supporters.https://t.co/O2MuWzoZJh pic.twitter.com/2XlzhwzA0D
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Israeli officials accuse it of being “antisemitic”, similar to any individual or organization critical of ongoing Israeli violations against Palestinians.
(The New Arab, PC, Social Media)