Rep. Peter Roskam introduced H.R. 1697, an anti-BDS act. (AP/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
Peter Roskam

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Israel continuously faces condemnation from international organizations. Urge your congressmen to support a bill that combats these attacks and, in particular, boycotts on the Jewish state. 

Israel faces ongoing malicious and fictitious criticism from the United Nations (UN), international organizations and activists that seek to delegitimize, isolate and ultimately destroy the Jewish state through legal action and boycotts.

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), for example, targeted Israel last March with a resolution calling for the creation of a database—akin to a “blacklist”—of companies that operate in or have business relationships beyond Israel’s 1949 armistice Lines, including parts of Jerusalem. The list is meant to be used as a database for boycotts on Israel.

The State Department expressed opposition to the resolution.

However, the UNHRC is still considering anti-Israel action based on this shameful blacklist.

The Israel Anti-Boycott Act (H.R. 1697), introduced by Rep. Peter Roskam (R, IL-6), would expand existing US anti-boycott laws to organizations such as the UN and the European Union (EU).

H.R. 1697 amends the Export Administration Act of 1979 to include prohibitions on boycotts against allies of the United States that are fostered by international governmental organizations. It also directs the US Export-Import Bank to oppose boycotts against Israel.

The bill, to date, has 105 backers in the House.

“The BDS movement is nothing more and nothing less than the latest attempt by Israel’s enemies to destroy the Jewish State,” stated Roskam. “After their repeated military conquests ended in failure, they have now turned to economic means in the hopes of achieving the same outcome. Thankfully, the United States Congress – and the American people – will not stand for it. We will oppose all forms of economic warfare against Israel and Israelis.”

In the Senate, a companion bill was introduced by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Ben Cardin (D-MD).

We must ensure that this bill is passed into law. Please urge your congressmen to support this crucial law.

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