Trend Alert: European governments increasingly reject BDS movement goals, sentiments

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. 


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