The President of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities has expressed appreciation for the decision of the German Parliament to pass a law which defines the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement against Israel as anti-Semitic and has invited the Italian Parliament to follow suit.
“In approving a bill that defines the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement against Israel as clearly anti-Semitic the Bundestag has sent an important message. In this way, the BDS movement will not be able to receive any public funding or sponsorship,” Di Segni said in a statement on Sunday.
“In Italy, the BDS movement has been looking for and finding support at all levels of governmental,” Di Segni noted, expressing her alarm.
The UCEI president remembered how the bill employs the definition of anti-Semitism that was adopted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, which includes the denial of the right to self-determination to the Jewish people.
“I hope that this important, if not historical precedent will be implemented by all European countries, starting with Italy,” she concluded.