FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2017 file photo, workers carry material at a construction site in the West Bank settlement of Maaleh Adumim. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Thursday, May 24, 2018, that he will seek approval next week to fast-track construction of 2,500 new West Bank settlement homes this year and advance 1,400 more units that are currently in the planning stage. Senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi condemned Lieberman’s announcement as “Israeli colonialism, expansionism and lawlessness” and called on the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, to launch an investigation. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Israel calls on EU to end funding to pro-boycott groups

May 25, 2018 - 12:06 am

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is calling on the European Union to halt funding to more than a dozen European and Palestinian non-governmental organizations that it says promote boycotts against Israel.

Israel says the financial support violates the EU's stated policy that the bloc opposes boycotts against the Jewish state.

In a report Friday, Israel's Strategic Affairs Ministry said some of the groups have links to militant groups.

Israel has been battling a global movement calling for boycotts, divestment and sanctions over of its treatment of the Palestinians.

Supporters of the movement say the tactics are a nonviolent way to promote the Palestinian cause. Israel says the campaign goes beyond fighting its occupation of territory Palestinians claim for their state and often masks a more far-reaching aim to delegitimize or destroy the Jewish state.

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