BDS “is anchored in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and rejects all forms of racism, including antisemitism,” the movement said. “The German establishment is entrenching its complicity in Israel’s crimes of military occupation, ethnic cleansing, siege and apartheid, while desperately trying to shield it from accountability to international law.”
BDS has argued that its movement targets Israeli actions over pre-1967 borders, but Israel has argued that its objective is a boycott of the Jewish state.
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein tweeted: “Thank you #Bundestag! for the courageous and important decision! BDS is a dangerous, antisemitic movement. You are the first, but many others will follow in your footsteps. Thank you, Bundestag president, my friend Wolfgang Schäuble, for your efforts.”
Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid said passage of the resolution was an “important and just step. BDS is the modern manifestation of an ancient hatred. Now is the time for the rest of Europe to follow Germany’s lead.”
Israel’s Ambassador to Germany Jeremy Issacharoff tweeted, “The Bundestag has just adopted a resolution condemning BDS and antisemitism by a wide margin. We welcome this initiative by its sponsors. It has broader European significance, given that BDS makes no attempt to build coexistence and peace between Israel and all of its neighbors.”
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said, “This is a crushing victory for the truth and a great achievement in the struggle against Israel’s detractors. Germany proved to BDS supporters that its lies do not go unnoticed, but will pay a price.”
“German Bundestag made a bold statement today resolving BDS as antisemitic,” Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog said. “A significant step in fighting hate crimes is on the rise throughout the globe. Leaders of the free world have moral responsibility to follow in Germany’s footsteps and stop this dangerous trend.”
Those who oppose banning BDS have argued that protecting the movement is an issue of free speech. In 2017, the Spanish Parliament voted that BDS should be protected for that reason. Ireland’s Parliament has gone much further and is weighing a resolution that would criminalize the action of Irish citizens who participate in Israeli settlement activity.
Uri Bollag and Reuters contributed to this report.