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(Washington, D.C., Nov. 19, 2020)—B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:

We commend the significant move today by the White House to label the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) as anti-Semitic. The decision, announced from Israel by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, will deny U.S. government funds to any group that boycotts the State of Israel.

The goal of BDS, as stated by some of its founders, is the elimination of the Jewish state. Pompeo’s confirmation that “anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism” is an important step forward in protecting Jews and Israel.

In another strong action today demonstrating the U.S. commitment to Israel, the administration also confirmed that products made in the West Bank can carry a “made in Israel” label, as opposed to the “made in the West Bank” label they now carry. The made in the West Bank label has often been used as a basis for boycotting Israeli products.

These moves continue to reaffirm the long-standing alliance between the United States and Israel.

B’nai B’rith International has advocated for global Jewry and championed the cause of human rights since 1843. B’nai B’rith is recognized as a vital voice in promoting Jewish unity and continuity, a staunch defender of the State of Israel, a tireless advocate on behalf of senior citizens and a leader in disaster relief. With a presence around the world, we are the Global Voice of the Jewish Community. Visit