Israel, US on rise of anti-Semitic attacks in Europe
(25 Sep 2019) Israeli and US officials warned on Wednesday of a rise in attacks targeting Jews in Western Europe and urged European Union leaders to take action against organisations supporting an international boycott of Israel.
Gilad Erdan, the Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs, told a news conference in Brussels that the EU should stop funding the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
He spoke alongside US envoy Elan Carr.
Israel said the BDS was aimed at delegitimizing its existence.
The BDS presents itself as a non-violent campaign for Palestinian rights and does not endorse a specific solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
According to numbers compiled by Tel Aviv University, anti-Semitic attacks worldwide rose 13% in 2018 from the previous year.
The highest number of attacks were in the US, France, Britain and Germany.
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