Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the international boycott campaign against the regime equals the sufferings imposed on the Jews during the Nazi rule in Germany.
"What was done to the Jewish people then is being done to” Israel now, he said on Monday in a meeting with Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna.
The Israeli premier was launching a broadside against the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. The campaign is aimed at increasing economic and political pressure on Israel and end the Israeli occupation and colonization of Palestinian lands, besides pursuing respect for the right of return of Palestinian refugees.
The campaign has attracted subscribers worldwide, including some European businesses, which have taken stand against Israel’s illegal settlement activities on the occupied Palestinian land.
“The attacks on the Jews were always preceded by the slander of the Jews,” Netanyahu said of the Nazi era, while commenting on the BDS movement.
"In those days we could do nothing. Today we can speak our mind, hold our ground. We're going to do both," the premier said, adding, "We will continue to resist boycotts, defamations, de-legitimization."
Israel frequently cites the crimes committed against the Jews by the Nazis as a pretext to cover up its own atrocities against the Palestinians.
The BDS campaign hopes to repeat the success of the efforts which brought an end to the Apartheid in South Africa.
Tel Aviv, condemned as a likewise apartheid regime, maintains a defiant stand on the issue of illegal settlements on Palestinian land as it refuses to freeze settlement expansion. More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem).
It also denies about 1.7 million people in the Gaza Strip their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education.