Israel’s Labor Party Quits Socialist International over BDS Support

Israel’s Labor Party yesterday informed Socialist International that it was leaving the global alliance with immediate effect, following the organization’s recent endorsement of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, reported the Jerusalem Post.

The Labor Party said its decision to suspend its membership would become permanent if the support for BDS was not rescinded.

In a letter, Labor’s MK Hilik Bar claimed that the Declaration on the Palestinian Question adopted by Socialist International is biased, blind to facts or reality, and partially antisemitic.

Labor also attacked Socialist International for expressing solidarity with the progressive forces in Israel, stating that until the full and formal cancellation of this poor one-sided and miserable declaration, your ‘solidarity’ is not desirable by us.

Socialist International is a worldwide organization of social democratic, socialist and labor parties, currently bringing together some 140 political parties and organizations from across the globe.

Source: Palestine Chronicle