Pompeo Vows to Recognise Anti-Israeli Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement as ‘Anti-Semitic’

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On Monday, a group of Republican senators urged Donald Trump to change ‘misguided’ Clinton and Obama-era guidelines in customs policy to brand products produced in the Palestinian West Bank as ‘Made in Israel’. Praising Trump’s pro-israel policies, the lawmakers accused Democrats and the United Nations of supporting an anti-israel agenda.

The United States will withdraw financial support for groups promoting the economic boycott of Israel, and formally recognise the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as “anti-Semitic”, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced.

“We will immediately take steps to identify organisations that engage in hateful BDS conduct and withdraw US government support for such groups. The time is right,” Pompeo added. “We want to join all the other nations that recognise BDS for the cancer that it is, and we’re committed to combating it. Our record speaks for itself. Under the Trump administration, America stands with Israel like never before,” he stressed.

In his remarks, Pompeo also promised that Washington’s “iron-clad commitment” to Tel Aviv will continue, including as far as protecting Israel from “the regime in Tehran”, which he dubbed “the foremost state sponsor of terrorism in all the world”.

Pompeo also reiterated the administration’s commitment to escalating sanctions pressure on Iran, including via new sanctions announced…

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