Israel has long been targeted with economic warfare, and Congress has a proud history of defending the Jewish state from such attacks. Please press your lawmakers to fight the boycott of Israel. Specifically, please urge your senators to support the Combating BDS Act of 2017.
Learn how AIPAC is working with Congress to craft legislation that counters the international effort to boycott, divest and sanction Israeli businesses.
What is the BDS Movement?
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement seeks to stigmatize, delegitimize and isolate the State of Israel. By manipulating the language of international law, the BDS movement depicts Israel as an illegitimate aggressor, then seeks to sanction those who interact with the nation.
What is the Combating BDS Act of 2017?
Introduced by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), the Combating BDS Act of 2017 (S. 170) would grant state and local governments the right to disassociate pensions and contracts from entities that boycott, divest from or sanction Israel. The bipartisan measure would also provide federal authorization for state and local officials to take action against efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state.
What Other Actions has Congress Taken?
Congress has successfully combated foreign boycotts against Israel, both in statute and by pressing potential free trade partners, such as Bahrain and Oman, to end these harmful practices. In 2015, lawmakers passed the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which instructed American negotiators to make halting European BDS against Israel a key objective in the ongoing free trade talks with the European Union (EU).
How Can I Get Involved?
Please contact your senators and urge them to support and cosponsor the Combating BDS of 2017. Additionally, please continue to urge your representatives in the House to combat efforts that would delegitimize the Jewish state.
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