BDS Israel boycott group is anti-Semitic, says US

Publishedduration6 minutes agoimage copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionBDS denies its campaign to isolate Israel is fuelled by anti-Semitism

The US has declared as anti-Semitic a prominent international movement which calls for a complete boycott of Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) was "a cancer", adding the US would stop funding groups linked to it.

Israel has long claimed BDS opposes the country's very existence and is motivated by anti-Semitism.

BDS rejects the charge, saying Israel is using it as a cover for its actions.

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