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Netherlands says calls to boycott Israel allowed under freedom of speech

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 Cinnamon    24,394

Calls to boycott Israel are covered by the right to free speech, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders has announced, upholding the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) Movement’s right to operate in Netherlands despite Israel’s objections.

“Statements or meetings concerning BDS are protected by freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, as enshrined in the Dutch Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights,”Koenders said during a debate on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the Dutch parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee in The Hague. He was answering questions recently posed by Green Left MP Rik Grashoff concerning Israel’s threats against BDS activists.



Why does a Prime Minister have to come out and say it's OK?  Israel can't seem to take criticism on any issue.  The government of the U.S. doesn't mind criticism (unless it is going to land a politician in hot water) and that is obvious because they don't even listen to the very people who pay their salaries.  I see this as more whining and frankly, I'm tired of hearing it coming from Israel.  

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