Michael Freeman, counsellor for civil society affairs at the embassy of Israel in London, responds to Nathan Thrall’s article on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movementNathan Thrall’s 10,000-word polemic on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (‘Something needs to happen’, Long read, 14 August) airbrushes the very nature of a movement whose leaders fundamentally “oppose a Jewish state in any part of Palestine”, even inside the 1967 lines that are often referred to by the Arab League and the Palestinian Authority as a starting point for negotiations.

UN secretary general António Guterres said last year that “a modern form of antisemitism is the denial of the right of the State of Israel to exist”. However, the BDS movement continues to exhibit an older, more familiar form of antisemitism, too.

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