The Dutch Green Left Party (GroenLinks) became the Netherlands’ first mainstream political movement to endorse a boycott of Israel.
The endorsement came in a vote on a motion during the February 16 General Congress of the party, which has 14 seats out of 150 in the lower house of the Dutch parliament.
“BDS is a legitimate means to help Palestinians in their fight for justice,” the approved motion said. It states that Green Left “will be alert and resist forcefully attempts in any country to criminalise BDS.”
BDS is the acronym for the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement against Israel.
While practicing a boycott of Israeli goods or products is legal in all of Europe and in other countries around the world, promoting such boycotts is a violation of anti-discrimination laws in France and Spain, courts in those countries have ruled.