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house Bill H. Res. 246

Should the House Condemn the BDS Movement Targeting Israel as Counterproductive to the Peace Process?

Argument in favor

The boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel is counter-productive to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process because it demands concessions from only one side and encourages Palestinians to pursue international pressure instead of negotiating. The House should take a stand against the anti-Israel BDS movement even if it’s only a non-binding resolution.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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07/19/2019
👍🏻 H. Res. 246 Which would express the HOUSE Opposition to BDS 👍🏻 I recommend and support the passage of the House resolution 246 AKA “Opposing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement targeting Israel which would express the House of Representatives’ opposition to the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement targeting Israel, including efforts to target American companies engaged in legal commerce, and all efforts to delegitimize Israel. If would affirm that the BDS Movement undermines the possibility for a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by demanding concessions from only one party and encouraging Palestinians to reject negotiations in favor of international pressure. Additionally, it’d reaffirm the House’s strong support for a negotiated solution resulting in two states — a democratic Jewish State of Israel and a viable, democratic Palestinian state — living side-by-side in peace, security, and mutual recognition. The boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel is counter-productive to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process because it demands concessions from only one side and encourages Palestinians to pursue international pressure instead of negotiating. The House should take a stand against the anti-Israel BDS movement even if it’s only a non-binding resolution. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻 BDS 👎🏻👎🏻. 7.19.19..... https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-resolution/246
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Doug's Opinion
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07/22/2019
Israel has to face threats to its existence everyday. America should support Israel, not advocate its demise.
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Cherie65's Opinion
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07/22/2019
Like I promised, here's the list on Anti-Semite nays on this bill... Lee (CA), Massie (KY), McCollum (MN), Moore (WI), Omar (MN), Tlaib (MI), AOC (NY), Coleman (NJ), Blumenauer (OR), Grijalva (AR), Jayapal (WA), Carson (IN), Garcia (IL), McCollum (MN), Pingree (MA), Pocan (WI), Rush (IL), Moore (WI). Scary we have these people leading our country. #ProAmericaProIsrael.
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Argument opposed

The House shouldn’t condemn the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel because it’s a non-violent movement aimed at pressuring Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians, and doing so raises constitutional concerns. Alternatively, the House should vote on anti-BDS legislation that would carry the weight of law instead of a non-binding resolution.

Gale's Opinion
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07/21/2019
I am Jewish and I support Israel. But I do not support some of Israel's conduct toward the Palestinians and Palestinian lands. As an American, and as a Jew, I support the right of any American to protest. It is inappropriate for Congress to condemn Americans for exercising their right to protest. This is precisely the kind of protest that helped end apartheid in South Africa. I further do not believe this movement reduces the opportunity for a peaceful settlement of the Palestinian issue. On the contrary, it is the Trump administration's total abandonment of a neutral position in the dispute that renders resolution unlikely. There will be no peaceful resolution until Israel, backed by the United States, stops unilaterally annexing Palestinian territory. Neither side in this dispute is blameless and the US should return to a neutral position from which it has some chance of negotiating peace.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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07/22/2019
1st Ammendment. People have the right to protest. End of story. Also: DISAGREEMENT WITH THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT IS NOT ANTI-SEMITISM. Just like disagreeing with the USA government doesn’t make you unAmerican.
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DannyMcO's Opinion
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07/22/2019
The House should have no opinion on a legitimate protest movement. Period.
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  • The house Passed July 23rd, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 398 Yea / 17 Nay
    IntroducedMarch 21st, 2019

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What is House Bill H. Res. 246?

This resolution would express the House of Representatives’ opposition to the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement targeting Israel, including efforts to target American companies engaged in legal commerce, and all efforts to delegitimize Israel. It would affirm that the BDS Movement undermines the possibility for a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by demanding concessions from only one party and encouraging Palestinians to reject negotiations in favor of international pressure. Additionally, it’d reaffirm the House’s strong support for a negotiated solution resulting in two states — a democratic Jewish State of Israel and a viable, democratic Palestinian state — living side-by-side in peace, security, and mutual recognition.

The resolution would also support full implementation of U.S.-Israeli scientific and technological cooperation in civilian areas to counter the effects of the BDS Movement against Israel.

As a simple resolution, this legislation is non-binding and wouldn’t advance beyond the House if agreed to.

Impact

The Global BDS Movement; the U.S.-Israel relationship; and the House of Representatives.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 246

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthReps. Brad Schneider (D-IL), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Ann Wagner (R-MO), and Lee Zeldin (R-NY) introduced this bipartisan resolution to oppose efforts to delegitimize the state of Israel through the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement and released the following joint statement: 

“A two-state solution remains the best way to justly resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and ensure a future for two peoples living side-by-side in peace, security and prosperity. By denying the Jewish claim to a homeland, the BDS Movement is fundamentally incompatible with a two-state solution and pushes the cause of peace for both Israel and the Palestinians further out of reach. This resolution makes clear that Congress remains committed to a two-state solution and opposes zero-sum efforts to delegitimize the state of Israel.”

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), a Palestinian-American,  called this resolution “unconstitutional” and said it is an effort to “silence opposition to Israel’s blatantly racist policies and demonize both Palestinians and Ethiopians.” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) added:

“And it is an opportunity for us to explain why it is we support a nonviolent movement, which is the BDS movement.”

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) countered those claims in committee, saying:

“[T]he resolution doesn’t restrict any First Amendment rights, it simply allows members of Congress to be on the record opposing a movement that attempts to delegitimize Israel’s very right to exist. Time and time again, I hear from college campuses around the country, from students. They are Zionists. So am I. They support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. So do I. And they feel intimidated and scared to express that support when people are threatening them. “Palestine from the river to the sea”? A chant that is routinely heard at BDS rallies? It envisions a world without Israel. That’s what is controversial. I reject it. This committee should reject it, and the whole House should have the opportunity to reject it as soon as possible.”

This legislation passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee on a voice vote and has the support of 341 bipartisan cosponsors, including 174 Democrats and 170 Republicans.


Of NoteThe Senate passed a bill in January — the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act (S. 1) — on a bipartisan 77-23 vote that included a provision aimed at combating the BDS movement by allowing state & local governments block to enforce measures to divest assets from, prohibit investment in, or restrict contracting with:

  • An entity engaged in a commerce- or investment-related boycott, divestment, or sanctions (BDS) activity targeting Israel; or
  • An entity that owns or controls, or is owned or controlled by, or is under common ownership with such an entity.

The Senate bill has been held up in the House because of an apparent “blue slip” violation, because spending provisions are supposed to originate in the House under the Constitution, so its House supporters introduced a bipartisan companion bill (H.R. 336) to avoid that problem if the bill is brought up.


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AKA

Opposing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement targeting Israel.

Official Title

Opposing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement targeting Israel, as amended

    👍🏻 H. Res. 246 Which would express the HOUSE Opposition to BDS 👍🏻 I recommend and support the passage of the House resolution 246 AKA “Opposing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement targeting Israel which would express the House of Representatives’ opposition to the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement targeting Israel, including efforts to target American companies engaged in legal commerce, and all efforts to delegitimize Israel. If would affirm that the BDS Movement undermines the possibility for a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by demanding concessions from only one party and encouraging Palestinians to reject negotiations in favor of international pressure. Additionally, it’d reaffirm the House’s strong support for a negotiated solution resulting in two states — a democratic Jewish State of Israel and a viable, democratic Palestinian state — living side-by-side in peace, security, and mutual recognition. The boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel is counter-productive to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process because it demands concessions from only one side and encourages Palestinians to pursue international pressure instead of negotiating. The House should take a stand against the anti-Israel BDS movement even if it’s only a non-binding resolution. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻 BDS 👎🏻👎🏻. 7.19.19..... https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-resolution/246
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    I am Jewish and I support Israel. But I do not support some of Israel's conduct toward the Palestinians and Palestinian lands. As an American, and as a Jew, I support the right of any American to protest. It is inappropriate for Congress to condemn Americans for exercising their right to protest. This is precisely the kind of protest that helped end apartheid in South Africa. I further do not believe this movement reduces the opportunity for a peaceful settlement of the Palestinian issue. On the contrary, it is the Trump administration's total abandonment of a neutral position in the dispute that renders resolution unlikely. There will be no peaceful resolution until Israel, backed by the United States, stops unilaterally annexing Palestinian territory. Neither side in this dispute is blameless and the US should return to a neutral position from which it has some chance of negotiating peace.
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    1st Ammendment. People have the right to protest. End of story. Also: DISAGREEMENT WITH THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT IS NOT ANTI-SEMITISM. Just like disagreeing with the USA government doesn’t make you unAmerican.
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    The House should have no opinion on a legitimate protest movement. Period.
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    Not the role of Congress to comment on individual citizens’ right to free speech and expression. Focus on business that makes a difference for the people.
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    U.S. involvement has been one sided for 70 years. BDS only seeks to help balance the situation.
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    Israel has to face threats to its existence everyday. America should support Israel, not advocate its demise.
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    BDS is a legitimate protest movement that’s protected by the first amendment of the Constitution! The House as a whole should not express its opinion either way on a protest movement. Are our politicians even interested in a two-state solution or are they only focused on kissing Netanyahu’s backside?
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    We should have no stand on this legitimate protest movement. Israel is a grown up nation and can stand on its own and does not require our financial support or interference especially when we are supposed to be brokering peace in the region. Stay the heck out of everyone’s business, literally.
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    Freedom of speech is one of the most cherished freedoms of a free society.
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    Absolutely not! This is an example of our First Amendment Right to Freedom of Speech! Some of us cannot condone the human rights abuses of the Israeli Apartheid system and the Open-Air Prison that is Gaza!
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    I think it’s ironic that a country that so effectively used boycotts to gain its own independence from the English monarchy would consider outlawing a peaceful protest less than 300 years later but... hey. It seems like a lot of constitutional law and what America represents is being thrown out in favor of racism and bigotry so, I guess ironic but not entirely surprising. Israel is treating the Palestinians in a way which is globally recognized as being unconscionable. Our administration has made it clear they fee more comfortable siding with dictators and the alarming way they have acknowledged Israel’s land claims (moving of the American embassy, etc) is goddamned alarming. They are not acting with any kind of restraint now, the PM had been indicted and their own government is clearly in a state of corruption. I don’t trust Israel or the current US government to negotiate, I don’t believe either government will do anything to help Palestine. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that citizens can ALWAYS engage in peaceful protests. Honestly I feel like my rights are under attack enough as it is with the trump administration and anything to take more power away from the people should be met with alarm and trepidation.
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    Like I promised, here's the list on Anti-Semite nays on this bill... Lee (CA), Massie (KY), McCollum (MN), Moore (WI), Omar (MN), Tlaib (MI), AOC (NY), Coleman (NJ), Blumenauer (OR), Grijalva (AR), Jayapal (WA), Carson (IN), Garcia (IL), McCollum (MN), Pingree (MA), Pocan (WI), Rush (IL), Moore (WI). Scary we have these people leading our country. #ProAmericaProIsrael.
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    Boycotting is a right to register non-agreement with policies of either a country or business. To ban this form of expression is outrageous. People should have a right to come together to emphasize their ethical and political positions. To ban such activity is born of fear and unfairness, indeed unjustness. Grrrrrrr allow BDS!!!!
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    No. Israel has quite a bit in common with Trump. They both act like petulant, over-indulged children. Cut off Israel until they decide to grow up and be a part of the real world.
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    I have the right to spend my money anywhere I choose and not where I don't. The right to shop only where I choose is a foundation for American democracy. Now trump says we have to buy things from Israel? I don't think so.
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    Boycott and divestment is a legitimate method of peaceful protest that has been used historically to counter numerous injustices. It is hypocritical and frankly authoritarian to target the BDS movement.
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    It’s the only thing that has gotten the Israeli government’s attention.
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    I condemn Israel. I would vote for my country to Condemn them as well. Why should Palestine accept subpar terms.
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    It's exactly the opposite. How are we supposed to be working toward peace when the USA enables Israel's criminal terroristic conduct.
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