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Pompeo: BDS movement to be branded 'anti-Semitic'

The US will brand the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as anti-Semitic, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

Pompeo termed the movement, a non-violent Palestinian led global initiative to protest Israel's military occupation, "a cancer", Agence France Presse reported.

 

He added that Washington "will regard the global anti-Israel BDS campaign as anti-Semitic… We want to stand with all other nations that recognise the BDS movement for the cancer that it is."

 

Pompeo made the comments during a joint appearance with Zionist regime’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who interrupted the US diplomat's speech to tell him the announcement "sounds simply wonderful".

 

The US Secretary of State is in occupied territories visits Israeli settlements in the West Bank, which are considered illegal under international law.

 

The visit would be the first made by a US diplomat to an illegal Israeli settlement.

 

Pompeo is also expected to breach diplomatic protocol by visiting the Syrian Golan Heights, which has been occupied by Zionist regime since the 1967 War of Attrition.

 

The territory was unilaterally recognised as part of Zionist regime by the US last year.

 

Pompeo's comments come after a group of Republican senators wrote an open letter urging Trump to allow goods produced in the occupied West Bank to be labelled "Made in Israel".

 

The letter termed the long-held policy to require goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements to be labelled "Made in West Bank", a "misguided Clinton-era guideline".

 




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