“Anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism,” US Secretary of State Dept.

(QNN) – U.S. Secretary of State Department Mike Pompeo said that the Trump administration will fight the rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, during a speech at AIPAC conference.

Pompeo affirmed the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship which pushes the U.S. to “stand with the Jewish people and Israel in the fight against the world’s oldest bigotry: anti-Semitism,” he wrote on his Twitter account.

Amid the rising wave of BDS voices and activities that have been isolating the Israeli occupation’s state and figures in various fields, Pompeo claimed that “the rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism strikes at the very foundation of freedom.”

Pompeo’s threatening speech is not the first of its kind. In February 2019, France’s Emmanuel Macron said his country would adopt an international definition of anti-Semitism and look on anti-Zionism as one form of the hate crime,

The U.S. Secretary of State vowed to put all efforts to fight the UN Human Rights Council, which he described as “the fever swamp”.

UN’s independent Commission of Inquiry in February accused Israeli soldiers of intentionally firing on civilians and said they may have committed war crimes in their lethal response to Palestinian demonstrations in Gaza.

Pompeo shared two days ago that the Golan Heights were part of “Israel”, whose sovereignty over the occupied Syrian land “is critical to its security and the stability of the entire Middle East, he added.

U.S. president Donald Trump on Monday officially recognized Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, seized from Syria in 1967, in a move hailed as “historic” by Israel’s prime minister.

Trump’s decision, first announced last week, reverses decades of American policy and is starkly at odds with international law. But it is a valuable political gift to Netanyahu a few weeks before he faces voters in a closely fought election.

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