On Monday, the Belgian government announced it will freeze funding to the Palestinian Authority's education system after learning a Hebron elementary school was renamed after Dalal Mughrabi, a terrorist behind the 1978 Coastal Road Massacre.
"The Belgian government unequivocally condemns the glorification of terrorist attacks,"
Belgium's Foreign Ministry said in a statement
. "Belgium will not allow itself to be associated with the names of terrorists in any way."
Belgium isn't the only European country that has gone against the BDS movement's objectives.
This week, Bavaria's Green Party adopted an anti-BDS resolution. In August, Berlin university
filed criminal complaints against BDS activists
, and the city's mayor
equated BDS tactics
with those used by Nazis. The German government also
recently adopted the international definition
of anti-Semitism and recognized anti-Zionism as a form of anti-Semitism.
This summer, French president Emmanuel Macron acknowledged that
anti-Zionism "is the reinvented form of anti-Semitism."
One week later, Spanish
municipal judges voided two BDS motions
, claiming they were racist.
While anti-Semitic attacks on European Jews, synagogues, and community centers persist, these actions by European governments at all levels signal that the BDS movement is ultimately struggling to meet its objectives of delegitimizing and alienating Israel.