National Security

Boris Johnson: Britain Will Combat Israel Boycotts

Palestinians walk past a sign painted on a wall calling to boycott Israeli products coming from Jewish settlements
Palestinians walk past a sign painted on a wall calling to boycott Israeli products coming from Jewish settlements / Getty Images

British prime minister Boris Johnson told Parliament that his government will not stand by while countries boycott Israeli-made goods.

In remarks to the country's leadership, Johnson said he will work to combat those who support the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS), which wages economic warfare on Israel and its Jewish population.

"When it comes to standing by our friends," Johnson said, "we will stop public bodies from taking it upon themselves to boycott goods from other countries to develop their own pseudo foreign policy against a country that, with nauseating frequency, turns out to be Israel."

The policy declaration aligns Johnson's Conservative Party with the Trump administration's policies against BDS. It also represents a stand against other European countries and the European Union, which has backed a policy requiring warning labels to be placed on Jewish-made goods produced in contested areas of Israel.