German Parliament to Oppose ‘Antisemitic’ Boycott the Jews (BDS) Campaign


Who would know where it leads better than the Germans? The Nazi boycott of the Jews is the direct antecedent of today’s boycott, divest and sanction (BDS) movement of the Jewish state. Unlike the Democrats, even the left-wing in Germany stand opposed to boycott Jews movement.

Left, Right and Center Parties in German Parliament Unite to Oppose ‘Antisemitic’ BDS Campaign

By: Ben Cohen, Algemeiner, May 16, 2019:

A coalition of parties from the center, right and left in Germany will come together on Friday to back a parliamentary motion condemning the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign that seeks to cut all commercial, political and cultural ties with the State of Israel throughout the international community.

The non-binding motion, titled, “Resist the BDS Movement — Fighting Antisemitism,” is the joint initiative of the social democratic SPD Party and Green Party from the left, the governing CDU Party and the FDP Party from the center, and the conservative CSU Party from the right, in the country’s federal parliament, the Bundestag.

At the heart of the text is the contention that the Bundestag opposes the BDS movement  — which it defines as “antisemitic” — for the same historical and moral reasons that the legislative body is opposed to other forms of antisemitism.

In practical terms, the motion would prevent “organizations which express themselves in an antisemitic manner, or question the right of Israel to exist” from using “premises and facilities under Bundestag administration.”

An Australian stand-up comedian has lost a deal with the streaming giant Netflix after he was caught making jokes about…

It also urges the federal government to oppose BDS with equal resolve, specifying that no organizations advocating Israel’s elimination or a boycott of Israel should be eligible for state funding.

The German news outlet Der Tagesspiegel reported on Thursday that the impetus for the joint motion came from two FDP parliamentarians, Bijan Djir-Sarai and Frank Müller-Rosentritt.

“This is not about the profiles of individual political parties,” Müller-Rosentritt told the newspaper. “It was important to achieve an agreement across the factions.”

Two parties are, however, excluded from the motion’s sponsors — the communist-leaning Left Party and the controversial far-right AfD party, whose representatives have made several racist and antisemitic comments in public in recent years, and which is formally shunned by both the German Jewish community and the Israeli Embassy in Berlin.

Eva Högl of the left-wing SPD Party said told the same news outlet that the motion reflected a consensus among Germany’s democratic parties that antisemitism must be firmly opposed.

“Antisemitic attitudes must have no place in Germany,” Högl stated. “For years, the BDS movement has been calling for a boycott of Israel in Germany and around the world, using antisemitic methods.”

Friday’s motion comes amidst a flurry of political activity against BDS efforts in Germany, as part of an overall pushback against rising antisemitism.

During the last month, Bundestag members and a leading regional commissioner coordinating official efforts to counter antisemitism have demanded that Germany’s GLS Bank — the country’s most long-established ethically investment bank — close the account of a pro-BDS group calling itself “Jewish Voice.” Earlier this week, one of Germany’s largest political youth movements, ver.di Jugend, disavowed the BDS campaign at its annual conference, declaring that it condemned BDS advocacy in “political, cultural, economic and scientific context[s].”

Have a tip we should know? Your anonymity is NEVER compromised. Email tips@thegellerreport.com

The Truth Must be Told

Your contribution supports independent journalism

Please take a moment to consider this. Now, more than ever, people are reading Geller Report for news they won't get anywhere else. But advertising revenues have all but disappeared. Google Adsense is the online advertising monopoly and they have banned us. Social media giants like Facebook and Twitter have blocked and shadow-banned our accounts. But we won't put up a paywall. Because never has the free world needed independent journalism more.

Everyone who reads our reporting knows the Geller Report covers the news the media won't. We cannot do our ground-breaking report without your support. We must continue to report on the global jihad and the left's war on freedom. Our readers’ contributions make that possible.

Geller Report's independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we believe our work is critical in the fight for freedom and because it is your fight, too.

Please contribute here.


Make a monthly commitment to support The Geller Report – choose the option that suits you best.

Pin It on Pinterest