US to label Israel boycott movement as ‘anti-Semitic’: Pompeo

US to label Israel boycott movement as ‘anti-Semitic’: Pompeo
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators carrying a sign reading "DBS" which stands for Divestment, Boycott, and Sanctions. (File/AFP)
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Updated 19 November 2020

US to label Israel boycott movement as ‘anti-Semitic’: Pompeo

US to label Israel boycott movement as ‘anti-Semitic’: Pompeo

JERUSALEM: The US will label the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, which seeks to isolate Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians, as anti-Semitic, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday, calling the movement “a cancer.”
Washington “will regard the global anti-Israel BDS campaign as anti-Semitic... We want to stand with all other nations that recognize the BDS movement for the cancer that it is,” Pompeo said in a joint appearance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Nentayhu.


Heavily armed man arrested at Washington security checkpoint

Heavily armed man arrested at Washington security checkpoint
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Heavily armed man arrested at Washington security checkpoint

Heavily armed man arrested at Washington security checkpoint
WASHINGTON: A heavily armed man has been arrested in Washington at a security checkpoint near the US Capitol, where President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated next week, authorities said.
Wesley Allen Beeler, of Virginia, was taken into custody after police found him with a handgun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition, shotgun shells and a magazine for the gun, according to a police report obtained by AFP.
He had tried to pass through the checkpoint using fake inaugural credentials, CNN reported, citing a law enforcement source.
Washington is under a high state of alert ahead of Biden’s Wednesday inauguration, after a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6.
Five people died in the assault, including a police officer.
Security officials have warned that armed pro-Trump extremists, possibly carrying explosives, pose a threat to Washington as well as state capitals over the coming week.
Thousands of National Guard troops have been deployed in Washington and streets have been blocked off downtown with concrete barriers.
The National Mall, which is normally packed with people every four years for presidential inaugurations, has been declared off-limits at the request of the Secret Service, which ensures the security of the president.