Palestinians slam EU ‘double standard’ on settlements
At a conference in Jerusalem last month, hundreds of Israelis and their supporters gathered under one roof, with an explicit aim to combat the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a Palestinian-led human rights campaign.
The panellists - including the US comedian Roseanne Barr - called for varied methods to fight the movement, including the "targeted civil elimination" of BDS leaders, which some have called a euphemism for assassinations. Among the speakers at the Stop the Boycott conference was the European Union's ambassador to Israel, who said that Israeli settlement products were "welcome on the EU market".
"The EU is against BDS," Lars Faaborg-Andersen said. "Our policy is totally the opposite - one of engagement with Israel, and we have a long track record to prove it."