Saturday, May 18, 2019

Germany Falls Back on Totalitarian Past: Bundestag Bans Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement

German Parliament Criminalizes Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement 


May 17, 2019

The German parliament, the Bundestag, has just passed an unprecedented piece of legislation condemning the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS), declaring it anti-Semitic and illegal. The bill itself was well kept secret until only two days before the vote. Initially promoted by far-right, pro-Israeli parties—both the neoliberal Party FDP and the racist anti-immigrant party AFD—members of all German parties ended up ultimately supporting it, even those on the far left.

The Real News Network's Sharmini Peries spoke to Shir Hever about how this anti-BDS bill came about so quickly, and its problems. 

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