AIPAC supporters in the US House of Representatives are pushing ahead with a new project to criminalize BDS

Two members of the Democratic Party in the US House of Representatives presented a draft resolution on Thursday condemning the global boycott of Israel (PDS) amid an unprecedented internal split in the Democratic Party And the US-Israeli relations in general, where the party's progressives are markedly increasing alongside the Palestinians' support for freedom and the right to self-determination, while the party's traditionalists insist on continuing to support the policies of the Israeli occupation without accountability.

The president of the House Judiciary Committee, Gerald Nadler (from New York State) and Attorney Brad Schneider (from Illinois), both American Jews who support the Israeli lobbyist organization AIPAC, have disclosed a measure opposed to boycott, divestment and sanctions. (BDS), which targets Israel's policies in the continuation of occupation and settlement expansion. At the same time, the draft resolution reaffirms support for the two-state solution for peace between the Palestinians and Israel.

The draft resolution comes three days before the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the powerful Israeli lobby in Washington, DC, on Sunday, March 26, 2019. American politicians are expected to line up to give loyalty And support for Israel after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the conference, which is an important platform in his campaign, and is a strong boost to his chances of winning the fifth session on April 9, especially following the recognition of US President Donald Trump "sovereignty Israel "on the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, which all experts consider a valuable gift from Trump to Netanyahu, give him a strong momentum as he is engaged in a fierce political and judicial battle that was expected to end his political life.

Supporters of the boycott movement, whose base is growing daily, argue that the movement is a legitimate peaceful attempt to pressure Israel for its arbitrary treatment of Palestinians under occupation. "This decision makes it clear that supporting The global BDS movement and support for a two-state solution are incompatible, and the simplistic and unilateral approach of the BDS movement is hurting the cause of peace and stability by unfairly blaming one side (Israel) and seeking to delegitimize From one side on the world stage Does nothing to encourage either party to resume negotiations or promote a better understanding of each other or the complexity of the conflict, "according to lawmakers.

In February, the US Senate passed legislation to criminalize PDS and allows various US states to punish companies that boycott or strip contracts with state governments. Of the freedom of expression and the first amendment to the US Constitution, "a language used by the American Civil Liberties Union (UCLA), which raised a number of cases in several courts in a number of states against the Senate ruling and won a number.

Other Democrats, who do not necessarily support the boycott movement, have raised concerns about such a violation of Americans' right to vote, such as presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (from the state of Kermont) who said: "It is clear to me that this law violates the rights of amendment First for Americans ".

The draft resolution also comes after the House of Representatives passed a resolution earlier this month condemning hatred, including anti-Semitism, in response to the comments of the new Muslim MP (from Somali origins) Elhan Omar (Democrat of Minnesota) criticizing the influence of the pro-lobby Of Israel's foreign policy, where AIPAC and its supporters claimed that their comments bore a form of anti-Semitism and accused American Jewish politicians of double allegiance. Attorney Elhan Omar did not address this at all, but they failed to pass a resolution focused solely on condemning anti-Semitism Mieh and condemns MP Ilhan Omar.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (AIPAC) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York (and AIPAC supporter) are scheduled to speak at the AIPAC conference on Sunday, March 24, 2019 Most Democratic candidates for the upcoming presidential elections, including Sen. Camala Harris (California), Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts) and former Rep. Pete O'Rourke (Texas), boycotted the conference. This is the first time that this happens, with the exception of Sen. Bernie Sanders ) Who historically rejected the Participation in conferences "AIPAC."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to speak at the AIPAC conference and meet with President Trump at the White House on Monday, March 25, 2019 in a new US attempt to run Trump to support Netanyahu in the April 9 election.


 

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