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Nearly 50 Senators Want To Make It a Felony To Boycott Israel

Posted by Martin C. Fox on August 5, 2017

http://original.antiwar.com/Aniqa_Raihan/2017/08/04/nearly-50-senators-want-make-felony-boycott-israel/

The goal is to frighten people from engaging in the completely legal act of living out their values

That should have been the end of it. But now, Americans’ right to boycott is under attack once again – thanks to a vicious anti-boycott bill making its way through the Senate.

In particular, it appears to target the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. BDS is an international movement calling on individuals, institutions, and governments to boycott Israeli products until it ends its occupation of Palestinian lands. The boycott is explicitly nonviolent and is supported by activists, celebrities, faith-based groups, and political and social justice organizations around the world.

The proposed Israel Anti-Boycott Act would make it a felony for Americans to support BDS, with a penalty of up to $1 million and 20 years in prison.

In one way, it’s genius. By claiming a connection between BDS and the UN – a connection the UN has never embraced, in that resolution or any other – the bill attempts to work around NAACP v. Claiborne Hardware Co.

But the BDS movement is not a product of the UN – it has nothing to do with it at all, except to the degree that it’s based on international law. The BDS call to action was issued in 2005 by a coalition of 170 Palestinian political parties, professional associations, refugee networks, and civil society organizations. BDS is a tactic, not an organization, and the boycott has always been grassroots and decentralized, meaning anyone anywhere can partake in BDS by making the simple decision to do so.

And with the uproar caused by this new bill, the right-wing pro-Israel lobby just may prove to be the BDS movement’s best ally.

The pro-Israel lobby is more than just right wing. It is most of congress.

Israel pays protection money to congress and Israel gets what it pays for. Exactly like the mafia.

The fastest way to lose your job or an election in Washington is to say something against Israel. The truth for example.

Remember NUMEC. Remember the Liberty.

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