Baltimore, MD, Nov. 19, 2020 — In response to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement that the United States will identify the Anti-Israel boycott movement (BDS) as Anti-Semitic, Rabbi Pesach Lerner, President of the Coalition for Jewish Values,  issued the following statement:

The Trump Administration has moved boldly for peace once again, by identifying the Israel boycott as a vehicle for hate and double standards. "BDS" relabels the Arab boycott of 1945 to pretend it's about fairness; the reality is that it's about destroying Israel. Economic warfare against the Jewish community is the oldest trick in the Anti-Semite's playbook, and the Jewish community in particular owes the Administration our enduring thanks. 

The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), the largest rabbinic public policy organization in America, articulates and advocates for public policy positions based upon traditional Jewish thought.