UK official says, “Antisemitism is an attack on the British way of life and British identity, …Without our Jewish citizens we would be a lesser nation.”
By LAHAV HARKOV
The new Conservative government in the UK will pass a law making it illegal for public bodies to engage with BDS, UK Special Envoy for post-Holocaust issues Rt Hon Lord Eric Pickles said at the International Institute for Strategic Dialogue’s conference in Jerusalem on Sunday night.
“BDS is antisemitic and should be treated as such,” Pickles 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.
Queen Elizabeth will read the traditional “Queen’s Speech” – prepared for her by the prime minister and his cabinet, which outlines the government’s agenda for the next year – at the opening of the new parliament on Thursday. A UK news website called “i” reported that Johnson will write the anti-boycott law into the speech.
The Conservative Party’s platform in the UKs general election last week included a commitment to “ban public bodies from imposing their own direct or indirect boycotts, disinvestment or sanctions campaigns against foreign countries. These undermine community cohesion.”
The move is meant to bloc local councils controlled by the Labour Party from using taxpayer funds to boycott foreign countries, including Israel.
Pickles, who is also the chairman of the Conservative Friends of Israel, said that Labour’s historic defeat in last week’s election showed that the British people reject antisemitism.
“Antisemitism is an attack on the British way of life and British identity,” he said. “Without our Jewish citizens, we would be a lesser nation.”
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