The Dutch government last month affirmed that calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions on Israel (BDS) is a form of free speech.

Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders said that “statements or meetings concerning BDS are protected by freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, as enshrined in the Dutch constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.”

The Dutch foreign minister’s comments are a serious blow to Israel’s relentless efforts to criminalize BDS and silence supporters of Palestinian rights.

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In a related development, 352 organizations from across 19 countries have published a statement urging the European Union to protect BDS as a form of free speech.