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The perverse logic of Britain’s foreign minister

Boycotting Israel is anti-Semitic.

That at least is the view of the German parliament, where a vote Friday saw lawmakers denounce – in a non-binding vote – the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, because “the ‘don’t buy’ stickers of the BDS movement on Israeli products [could be associated] with the Nazi call ‘don’t buy from Jews.’”

Now, of course, one might suggest that if anyone knows anything about anti-Semitism, well then the German parliament is where you might find them.

But that would be a rather crude World War II/Nazi reference which, when invoked, means you’ve already lost the argument. So we’ll steer clear.

One might also suggest that this is hardly a very watertight argument, that pretty much anything “could be associated” with or can be seen as “reminiscent of” pretty much anything.

You don’t support whale hunting? You must hate the Japanese. Or the Norwegians.

You want to stop buying oil? You may say it’s for the environment, but actually, you’re just Islamophobic.

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