Tuesday, July 18, 2017

In the Meantime, Some REAL Shit Is Going Down

The Israel Anti-Boycott Act, introduced in March by Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Md., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, would expand 1970s-era laws that make illegal compliance with boycotts of Israel sponsored by governments — laws inspired at the time by the Arab League boycott of Israel — to include boycotts backed by international organizations. Those adhering to boycotts would be the subject of fines.

While the measure is aimed at the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, it also targets efforts by the United Nations and the European Union to distinguish products manufactured in Israel from those manufactured in West Bank settlements.


“We take no position for or against the effort to boycott Israel or any foreign country, for that matter,” wrote Faiz Shakir, ACLU’s national political director. “However, we do assert that the government cannot, consistent with the First Amendment, punish U.S. persons based solely on their expressed political beliefs.”


The measure was drafted with the assistance of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and has the support of Christians United for Israel.

Of course it was. Of course it does. But it also has 42 co-sponsors, Dems and Republicans in the Senate, and a similar bill has 230 co-sponsors in the House.

The ACLU letter.

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