Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said those boycotting Israel are “antisemitic”.

Hunt made the remarks on Twitter in reaction to the German parliament’s decision to label the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement “antisemitic”.

Hunt tweeted: “Tremors, turbulence & terror in Mid East remind us of urgent need for peace: two-state solution. But the foundations for peace are respect & coexistence. Boycotting Israel – the world’s only Jewish state – is antisemitic.”

He added: “I salute Germany for taking stand.”

Politicians from several major parties in the Bundestag on Friday made Germany the first European country to pass such a motion. They said the campaign to boycott Israeli artists and goods was “reminiscent of the most terrible chapter in our history,” when the Nazis urged people not to buy from Jews.

Jeremy Hunt has made previous comments about BDS. He has said,

“I am clear that the UK government is deeply committed to promoting our trade and business ties with Israel and accordingly is strongly opposed to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement.”

“I do not believe that imposing sanctions on Israel would be a constructive step.”