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President urges visiting Norwegian FM to fight BDS, anti-Semitism

President Reuven Rivlin urges visiting Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide to continue work against anti-Semitism and efforts to boycott Israel.

“I believe that BDS leads to increasing hatred, and does not work against it, and it symbolizes all that stands in the way of dialogue, debate, and progress,” Rivlin tells Søreide at his residence in Jerusalem.

“It is against all our cooperation, and against our lives together here. You must work against it no less than we, because it is stands in the way of progress.”

Rivlin thanks Søreide for her government’s work against anti-Semitism and the BDS movement so far.

“In the last few years there has been a significant improvement, a testament to the ability to overcome hatred and to educate understanding,” Rivlin says. “We still have a long and important way to go, and we must continue down this path in order to combat this terrible phenomenon.”

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