Photo credit: Facebook page of Hadar Susskind
Bill HR6940, aka the “Israel Anti-Boycott Act”, which was submitted on March 3 for approval by the 117th Congress, aims to “impose additional prohibitions relating to foreign boycotts under the Export Control Reform Act of 2018, and for other purposes”. .”
On Wednesday, I received an email from Hadar Susskind, President and CEO of Americans for Peace Now (see him in the photo with Ilhan Omar and Keith Ellison – he captioned it, so help me: “With old friends and new ones. It’s amazing what can happen when we get to know each other and work together rather than just taking the worst of what others say”), urging me to ask my member of the Congress to oppose this effort “to confuse Israel with the occupied territories and criminalize speech.”
According to the bill, “due to the increase in anti-Israel economic activity in international governmental organizations, it is necessary to inform federal authorities to combat anti-Israel boycotts and other discriminatory activities in these forums, including the United Nations Human Rights Council”. and combat “actions to boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel represent a concerted effort to extract concessions from Israel outside of direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.”
The bill also states that “the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 shall be fully implemented through enhanced, coordinated, and coordinated science and technology cooperation between the United States and Israel in the civil domains, for example in relation to energy, water, agriculture, alternative energy, fuel technology, civil space technology and security in order to counter the effects of actions to boycott, divest or sanction Israel.
There are many more, and it’s all as pro-Israel as the US Congress can get. He’s also a majority Republican, so who knows if this House will pass him. There’s one more reason to vote Republican in November.
According to the president of Americans for Peace Now, “anti-boycott laws imposed by right-wing Jewish and evangelical organizations have resulted in a multi-state patchwork of anti-free speech laws that intentionally blur the (green) line between Israel and the Occupied Territories As we continue to fight in the states against these laws, it is essential that we work to prevent similar laws from being enacted at the federal level.
Stuck in 1994? You bet. Ignore the fact that easily 70% of Israeli Jews are opposed to the two-state solution that some of them supported before buses started flying and rivers of blood were shed in 1995? It’s obvious. It’s safe to say that now, nearly 30 years after that traumatic anti-Zionist experience, Americans for Peace Now is nothing more than a branch of the PLO, if not Hamas.
Here is how Hadar Susskind sees HR6940:
“If enacted, this legislation will be used as a cudgel to punish Americans, in violation of our First Amendment rights. It intentionally blurs the distinction between Israel and the occupied territories, creating a situation where those who attempt to differentiate between Israeli goods and those made in the settlements, such as the United Nations Human Rights Council database on companies doing business in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights in March 2016, will be in violation of this law.
“Israel’s anti-boycott law not only undermines the distinction between Israel and the Palestinian territories, but it also undermines the fundamental democratic principles that form the foundation of our constitution. For the future of our democracy, it is vital that Congress fails to legislate against political speech. For a future two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is necessary that the distinction between sovereign Israel and the settlements be maintained.
Hadar Susskind reminds me of the members of the American Communist Party who remained loyal to the cause even after Russia and all of Eastern Europe dumped it like a bag of garbage – with one distinction: American Communists n did not try to impose communism on the people. of the former Soviet Union. Americans for Peace Now continue to fight wherever and whenever they can to impose their disastrous ideology on millions of strangers thousands of miles away.