Published On: Tue, Nov 10th, 2015

London mayor calls BDS movement ‘foolish’


London Mayor Boris Johnson is in Israel

London’s charismatic and outspoken mayor, Boris Johnson, said that those seeking to boycott Israel are “foolish” and do not have any clout in the United Kingdom.

“I cannot think of anything more foolish than to say you want to have any kind of divestment or sanctions or boycott against a country that, when all is said and done, is the only democracy in the region, is the only place that has, in my view, a pluralist and open society, ” Johnson said in an interview with an Israeli Channel 2 reporter in Tel Aviv.

Johnson dismissed any influence supporters of the BDS movement may have in the U.K.

“The supporters of this so-called boycott are really just corduroy-jacketed academics that have no real standing on the matter and I think are highly unlikely to be influential on Britain, ” he said.

“Not that there is anything wrong with wearing a corduroy jacket, ” Johnson quipped.

Johnson is in Israel for a three-day trip focused on bolstering economic ties between London and Tel Aviv, Israel’s leading financial center. During the visit, Johnson toured Google’s headquarters and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.

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