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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) with President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman (R), at the opening of the Czech house in the Jerusalem Cinematheque. Jerusalem, Nov 26, 2018.

The Czech Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday passed a resolution strongly condemning all manifestations of anti-Semitism, including against the State of Israel, and condemning any call for boycotting the Jewish state.

The resolution, which passed with a 120-20 majority, condemned “all manifestations of anti-Semitism directed against individuals, religious institutions, organizations as well as the State of Israel, including the denial of the Holocaust.”


It also rejected “any questioning of the State of Israel’s right of existence and defense” and condemned “all activities and statements by groups calling for a boycott of the State of Israel, its goods, services or citizens.”

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz stated that he welcomed the “important resolution” which “reflects the true friendship between our countries.”

He called on “more Parliaments to follow suit.”

Israel’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic Daniel Meron thanked the country on Twitter. The Embassy in Prague thanked Jan Bartošek, the head of the Christian Democrats faction, who introduced the resolution.

The Czech Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of Parliament, has previously passed sweeping pro-Israel resolutions.

In May 2017, it rejected a resolution by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) denying Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem and called for an end to funding the organization.

In October 2016, the Czech parliament adopted a resolution condemning a UNESCO Executive Board resolution that denied the Jewish connection to Jerusalem, and especially the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.


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Aryeh Savir is director of the International division of Tazpit News Agency.