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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Israel Tries to Destroy Boycott Rights in U.S.



Philip Giraldi is a former counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and a columnist and television commentator who is the Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a group that advocates for more even-handed policies by the U.S. government in the Middle East.

Today I sent letters to our Maine congressional delegation opposing the totally undemocratic bill to make it illegal to boycott Israel's apartheid.  Years ago when we were involved in boycotting South African apartheid no one introduced legislation like this in Washington.  Why does Israel think they can control our rights here in the US?

Jewish Voice for Peace, the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, the ACLU and J-Street oppose the legislation. On July 18, the American Civil Liberties Union released a letter to the Senate and a letter to the House, urging them not to co-sponsor the bill because it unconstitutionally discriminates against people "for no reason other than their political beliefs".

What does the bill actually do?

The Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720/ H.R. 1697) is the latest, and most extreme, of a series of unconstitutional anti-boycott legislation at both the federal and state level. The law aims to quell the movement for Palestinian rights by penalizing companies and individuals engaged in commerce for using the nonviolent tactics of boycott, divestment and sanctions to hold Israel accountable for violations of Palestinian rights.

First introduced in March, this bill seeks to amend two laws – the Export Administration Act of 1979 and the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 – to penalize companies that participate in boycotts, and to preempt efforts by international governmental organizations from complying with international law and calling for an end to trade with Israel’s settlements or companies that operate in the settlements.

The bill opposes the creation of a database of Israeli settlement companies by the UN Human Rights Council and any efforts to boycott those companies’ products. The bill categorizes violations as felonies, and the potential penalties are steep: a minimum $250,000 civil penalty and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years imprisonment.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Brother Jonah said...

Israel isn't a monolithic term nor is Judaism or Christian or Muslim or America, but it gets reported that way. The people of Israel who voted against Likud, repeatedly, have outnumbered those who support Netanyahu... always... Likud's coalition just happens to be the largest minority. So if the majority of Israelis don't agree with Netanyahu enough to vote for him,... it ain't gonna be easy. My guess is, just a guess mind you, the source of these bills isn't even in Israel. There are a lot of morally dissolute people in the War Industry who love the idea of having a whole country as an advance airstrip capable of striking as far as Ethiopia, Greece and Iran. Like Airstrip One in Nineteen Eighty Four.

Police State, here we go. There's always been a taste of it but the forecast calls for cloudy with a chance of Fascism.

7/27/17, 2:25 PM  

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