UK To Ban BDS
Landing another blow to the jaws of anti-Semitism this month, the new Conservative government in the UK has announced it will pass a law making it illegal for public bodies to engage with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement. The Conservative Party’s platform in the general election last week included a commitment to "ban public bodies from imposing their own direct or indirect boycotts, disinvestment, or sanctions campaigns against foreign countries.” Specifically, the move is meant to bloc local councils controlled by the Labour Party from using taxpayer funds to boycott Israel. UK Special Envoy for post-Holocaust issues Eric Pickles said over the weekend that Labour's historic defeat in last week's election showed that the British people reject anti-Semitism. "Anti-Semitism is an attack on the British way of life and British identity. Without our Jewish citizens, we would be a lesser nation. BDS is anti-Semitic and should be treated as such." The envoy continued to explain that the new law will not allow public bodies to work with those who boycott, divest from or sanction Israel in any way. The Palestinian launched and backed BDS movement, rejects Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state and is among the most prominent efforts to undermine Israel’s existence. (VFI News)
More voices of protest are being raised on behalf of Israel, and ever-increasing action being taken in high places against organizations and groups that further BDS, anti-Israel bias and anti-Semitism. These changes are answers to prayer. Thank you, intercessors! Continue to pray for far-reaching Western government decisions to be made on behalf of the Jewish state.