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House Denounces BDS Movement

JNN News, July 25, 2019

 The House overwhelmingly voted to denounce the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement this week, taking a bipartisan stand in support for the USA-Israel relationship. The resolution, which condemns the BDS movement for promoting “principles of collective guilt, mass punishment, and group isolation,” passed on a 398-17 vote. Democrat and Republican lawmakers alike took to the House floor on Tue. 23 July 2019 to praise the bipartisan resolution and warn about the threat BDS poses to Israel and Jewish Americans that support the state. Democrats struggled earlier this year as Republicans attempted to label them the party of anti-Semitism after Rep. Ilhan Omar made a number of controversial comments that many members of her own party considered anti-Semitic, including an incident where she accused one Democratic lawmaker of having “dual-loyalty” toward the USA and Israel. Ms. Omar and fellow “squad” member Rep. Rashida Tlaib — vocal supporters of the BDS and critics of the Israeli government — pushed back against the resolution, arguing it violated free speech. Ms. Tlaib even tweeted it was “unconstitutional.” Members on both sides of aisle rejected those arguments, saying the resolution notes the importance of free speech and the right to protest for freedoms, but that the BDS movement crosses a line. “It is an American value to express legitimate reasonable criticism of any government in the world, including our own,” Rep. Lee Zeldin said. “The BDS movement is different. And we must reject the blatant anti-Semitism injected in BDS and the delegitimizing of Israel.” (Washington Times)

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