Jewish Groups Laud Congress for Including Anti-BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] Measure in Trade Bill


From Jewish Political News, by Sol Rieger, Jun 2015

south africa bds israelSeveral Jewish groups heaped praise on the U.S. Congress forincluding a measure in the Trade Bill that discourages actions by potential U.S. trading partners such as the European Union that prejudice or discourage trade between the U.S. and Israel.

The amendment mentions specifically “politically motivated actions to boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel and to seek the elimination of politically motivated nontariff barriers on Israeli goods, services, or other commerce imposed on the State of Israel.” It also seeks “the elimination of state-sponsored unsanctioned foreign boycotts against Israel or compliance with the Arab League Boycott of Israel by prospective trading partners.”

The pro-Israel American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) “commends Congress for including an amendment opposing anti-Israel trade and commercial practices in the “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill. With the Senate vote to approve TPA today, Congress has…

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