Jewish group outraged by BDS founder’s address to E.U. Parliament

March 4, 2018 Agencies
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The American Jewish Committee has condemned the European Parliament for hosting Omar Barghouti, the founder of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Omar Barghouti. Photo by Kevin Van Den. Flickr. Creative Commons license

Barghouti was invited to address the European Union’s legislature by the radical left-wing parliamentary group Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.

In his talk, he accused Israel of being an “apartheid state.”

This comes several weeks after a Norwegian politician nominated the BDS movement for a Nobel Peace Prize, despite its anti-Semitic calls for Israel’s destruction.

In light of recent political and legal successes in the battle against the BDS movement across Europe, BDS supporters have recently doubled down on efforts to promote the boycott efforts and drum up recognition for the movement.

Daniel Schwammenthal, a representative of American Jewish Committee in Brussels, where the European Parliament sits, remarked that Barghouti’s address was “a grave assault on the dignity of the European Parliament, the Jewish communities in Europe and around the world and, not least, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process itself.”

Schwammenthal leveled harsh criticism at lawmaker Ana Gomes, from the Portuguese Socialist Party, who spearheaded efforts to bring Barghouti to the European Parliament.

According to Schwammenthal, Gomes “has done a great disservice to the Palestinian cause and the peace process by giving a stage to an extremist activist who openly rejects the two-state solution.”

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2 Responses to “Jewish group outraged by BDS founder’s address to E.U. Parliament”
  1. philippinesreport says:

    Ce gauchobobo la gente dite palestinienne est bien nanti et réside à Yaffo.En fait, ce boycottage affecte les revenus des ouvriers nommés palestiniens. Lui il sen fout le Barghouti, il a du fric et il vit superbement bien. Ce quil ignore, cest que les combines entre Israéliens juifs et arabes, entre Israéliens et Arabes des territoires contestés, existent car tous veulent gagner leur vie, donner une bonne éducation à leurs enfant et se payer des loisirs tout comme ce lamentable Barghouti.

  2. Leon Poddebsky says:

    Europe adheres tenaciously to the 2,000 year-old part of its roots in relation to the Jews.

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