Federal senators in Australia engaged in heated political debate on Tuesday, with conflicting opinions about support or condemnation of boycotting Israeli products and businesses, according to an AAP report in the Sydney Morning Herald.
According to the report, Australia's part in the global anti-Israeli Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement was at the root of the debate.The Greens were condemned for not having denounced the movement, which Greens Party senator Lee Rhiannon has publicly supported in the past, though it is not party policy.
AAP quoted Greens Party Deputy Christine Milne rejecting accusations from other parties that compared their support of the boycott to the start of the Holocaust, calling it "despicable in the extreme that every last one of you stand over there and try and point fingers." He added, "The issue we should be debating is the question of ... a two-state solution in the Middle East."
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