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Old April 26th, 2015, 03:26 PM   #1
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US Lawmakers Quietly Advance

Legislation to Penalize Boycott of Israel

Little-noticed amendment was included in controversial Fast Track trade bill that just passed the Senate Finance Committee


US Lawmakers Quietly Advance Legislation to Penalize Boycott of Israel | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

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U.S. lawmakers are quietly advancing legislation that would penalize international participation in the growing movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction (BDS) Israel for human rights abuses against Palestinians.

With little notice, anti-BDS directives were injected into the "Fast Track" legislation that passed the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday night, despite broad opposition to the bill, which gives the administration of President Barack Obama authority to ram though so-called "free trade" deals.

An amendment, included in the bill and sponsored by Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), stipulates that, as a principle of trade negotiations, the U.S. should put pressure on other countries not to engage in BDS against Israel of any kind, including refusal to do business with settlements.

The passed amendment has not yet been made public, but Josh Ruebner, policy director for the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, told Common Dreams that Cardin's office confirmed that the language was based on the Senate legislation S.619, which states:

To include among the principal trade negotiating objectives of the United States regarding commercial partnerships trade negotiating objectives with respect to discouraging activity that discourages, penalizes, or otherwise limits commercial relations with Israel, and for other purposes.

"They tried to sneak it through," said Ruebner, explaining that the Campaign only found out about the legislation late Monday afternoon through "happenstance."

According to Ruebner, the legislation is a "centerpiece" of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) policy agenda and likely targets the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement, currently under negotiation between the United States and European Union, which would also be affected by Fast Track legislation.

"This is putting pressure on the U.S. Trade Representative and whoever else is doing the negotiating to discourage attempts to enforce the European Union's guidelines of not doing business with Israeli settlements," he said.
This is bullshyte. This is the American Jewish community pushing its weight behind the decision to boycott terrorism.
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I believe it has been illegal to boycott Israel for many, many years in the USA.
My understanding it that it was already federal law...
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I believe it has been illegal to boycott Israel for many, many years in the USA.
My understanding it that it was already federal law...
What law? When was it passed? Who sponsored it, and which president signed it into law?
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Old April 26th, 2015, 06:10 PM   #4
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Legislation to Penalize Boycott of Israel

Little-noticed amendment was included in controversial Fast Track trade bill that just passed the Senate Finance Committee


US Lawmakers Quietly Advance Legislation to Penalize Boycott of Israel | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community



This is bullshyte. This is the American Jewish community pushing its weight behind the decision to boycott terrorism.
Why would we want to boycott Israel?
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Old April 26th, 2015, 07:24 PM   #5
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What law? When was it passed? Who sponsored it, and which president signed it into law?
You don't know how to research something yourself?
Apparently not.
If I spend the time doing it for you I guarantee all I'll get for my effort is monkey poop thrown from you at me.

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Why would we want to boycott Israel?
Hippies and commies just love to call for boycotts of companies and products from countries who do things they don't like
so they gang up am make trouble for them and call it a "boycott".
The powers that be will use the federal gov't against you if you do such a thing to Israeli companies.

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You don't know how to research something yourself?
Apparently not.
If I spend the time doing it for you I guarantee all I'll get for my effort is monkey poop thrown from you at me.

Prove me wrong, kiddie boy.



Hippies and commies just love to call for boycotts of companies and products from countries who do things they don't like
so they gang up am make trouble for them and call it a "boycott".
The powers that be will use the federal gov't against you if you do such a thing to Israeli companies.
What law? When was it passed? Who sponsored it, and which president signed it into law?
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"This is putting pressure on the U.S. Trade Representative and whoever else is doing the negotiating to discourage attempts to enforce the European Union's guidelines of not doing business with Israeli settlements," he said.
Who are we to tell Europe who they have to do business with ?
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Why would we want to boycott Israel?
Why? Because of their terrorist treatment of Palestine. Why would we have the audacity to tell other nations they cannot?
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Who are we to tell Europe who they have to do business with ?
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