UK minister says BDS will be outlawed

Middle East Monitor  /  December 16, 2021

UK MP Robert Jenrick said that legislation would be passed to outlaw Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The comments were made at the Leadership Dialogue Institute (LDI), described on its website as a ‘private diplomatic channel’ to strengthen ties between the UK, Israel and Australia.

Former housing minister Jenrick was participating in an event covering the pandemic, Israeli technology and antisemitism, at a ‘conversation’ titled “Why Do So Many People Hate Jews?”

He said: “In the following months, we will be working to outlaw BDS in the UK.”

He continued by saying he felt like BDS wasn’t being “beaten back”.

He added: “There is no political party in the UK that would support BDS today and [supporting BDS] is becoming much more of a fringe activity.”

The meeting was chaired by former chair of Labour Friends of Israel and ex-MP for Enfield North, and featured Likud MK Avi Dichter.

This comes after London City University were threatened with legal action by UK Lawyers for Israel, after the student union voted overwhelmingly to back BDS at the university.