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July 22, 2019
URGE YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS TO SUPPORT BIPARTISAN ANTI-BDS RESOLUTION
Israel continues to face threats from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. An important bipartisan resolution, H. Res. 246, introduced by Reps. Brad Schneider (D-IL), Lee Zeldin (R-NY), Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Ann Wagner (R-MO), now with 346 cosponsors, is aimed at combating boycotts of Israel, and opposes the global BDS movement and its efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel. It also reiterates congressional support for direct negotiations and efforts to enhance U.S.-Israel scientific and technological cooperation.
The House of Representatives could be voting on this measure TOMORROW. Please urge your member of Congress to vote in favor of this resolution and to be on record opposing the anti-Israel BDS movement. Click here (https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative) to find out who is your representative. You can also call the congressional switchboard at 202-225-3121 to be connected.
At its core, the BDS movement does not aim to effect political change, but to delegitimize Israel and undermine its right to exist.
The BDS movement attempts to undercut the prospect of peace, diminishes the incentives for the parties to negotiate, and undermines a critical US ally in the region.
BDS does not seek a final status agreement or peace deal, and numerous leaders of the BDS movement are on record calling for the destruction of Israel as a Jewish state, including its founder, Omar Barghouti.
The BDS movement has been designated as anti-Semitic by the German Bundestag and called anti-Semitic by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The new resolution opposes the global efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel, reiterates congressional support for direct negotiation between the parties, and supports US-Israel scientific and technological cooperation.