In huge blow to Israel, Netherlands declares BDS ‘free speech’

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JPost: “In a huge blow to Israel, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders announced Thursday that calls to boycott the Jewish state fall within the limits of free speech, undermining intensive Israeli diplomatic efforts to sway European capitals to outlaw the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment Movement.”

Statements or meetings concerning BDS are protected by freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, as enshrined in the Dutch Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights,” Koenders said Thursday during a debate on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the Dutch parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee in  the Hague.

He added that the Dutch government has explained to Israel that it opposes any boycott against it, but that BDS endorsement is a free speech issue. Sweden recently made a similar declaration.”

Opinion: In a response to our post on world leaders being rattled by Donald Trump’s candidacy, one off our readers, Shelly, sent in a quote from Benjamin Franklin that makes the case against labeling BDS as hate speech.

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”

BDS is the essence of anti-Semitism. It wants to destroy Israel economically and literally starve it out of existence. I may find it repugnant but it is free speech.

In recent weeks the Attorney General of the United States has said she is considering legal action against:

  • Anti-transgender speech
  • Speech against Muslims
  • Climate change deniers

While I am convinced that the government of a future world dictator as described by Daniel 8:23-26 will quickly eliminate freedom of speech, we need to hang on to it as long as we can.

 

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