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Israel’s Netanyahu calls boycotters ‘anti-Semites’

Updated Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 | 11:29 a.m.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister says that those who boycott the Jewish state are anti-Semites.

Benjamin Netanyahu told a group of visiting Jewish-American leaders Monday that it is time for Israel to "fight back" and "delegitimize the delegitimizers."

There are increasing concerns in Israel over a Palestinian-led movement of boycott, divestment and sanctions —knows by its acronym, BDS. The boycott has been growing recently, mainly in Europe, where some businesses and pension funds have cut investments or trade with Israeli firms they say are connected to West Bank settlements.

"I think that it is important that the boycotters be exposed for what they are, they are classical anti-Semites in modern garb," Netanyahu said.

He said Israeli is fighting BDS by exposing the boycotters and with its booming high-tech sector.