Boris Johnson’s new Conservative government will introduce a law making it illegal for UK public bodies to work with those involved in BDS campaigns, UK Special Envoy for post-Holocaust issues Eric Pickles said on Sunday.
Pickles, who is also the chairman of Conservative Friends of Israel, said:
“BDS is antisemitic and should be treated as such”.
Boris Johnson to pass anti-BDS law – “#BDS is antisemitic and should be treated as such," Lord @EricPickles said, explaining that the new law will not allow public bodies to work with those who boycott, divest from or sanction Israel in any way.” https://t.co/izggnesvKK
— Michael Dickson (@michaeldickson) December 15, 2019
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to list the anti-BDS motion as one of the government’s priorities during the Queen’s Speech on Thursday, according to the daily newspaper “i”.
These efforts were listed in the foreign policy section of the Conservative Party’s manifesto, which had pledged to stop local councils from boycotting products from foreign countries, including Israel. The manifesto said this would “undermine community cohesion.”
Former Communities Secretary Lord Eric Pickles suggests Boris Johnson may press forward with the anti-boycott move https://t.co/8XJ8ekHegL
— Jewish News (@JewishNewsUK) December 16, 2019
BDS, which advocates peaceful resistance, aims to pressure Israel to adhere to international law and human rights by lobbying various states, institutions, and personas to understand its oppression of Palestinians and take action as a result.
The peaceful movement operates by pressuring corporations, artists and academic institutions to sever ties with Israel with supporters saying activities are aimed at promoting a Palestinian statehood.
(Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, PC, Social Media)