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House Condemns BDS Despite Protests From Reps. Omar, Tlaib

House Condemns BDS Despite Protests From Reps. Omar, Tlaib

Tlaib: “So I can’t stand by and watch this attack on our freedom of speech and the right to boycott the racist policies of the government and the state of Israel.”

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives condemned the Global, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement (BDS) with a vote of 398-17 even though Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib campaigned against the measure.

Five members voted present while 16 Democrats opposed the bill. Republican Rep. Thomas Massie was the only Republican to vote against it.

From Politico:

The vote had the potential to expose an ideological divide within the caucus, pitting progressives against moderates even after Democrats united against President Donald Trump’s racist tweets against four minority congresswomen.

“BDS doesn’t seek social justice. It seeks a world in which the state of Israel does not exist,” Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) said on the floor Tuesday.

“There is a chance for Congress to stand up and to point out that supporting a movement that doesn’t envision a two-state solution and that seeks to delegitimize the state of Israel is nothing that will advance peace and should be called out for what it is,” Deutch said in an interview later.

Omar, who has a history of anti-Semitic comments, voiced objection against the measure because the government should not “condemn nonviolent” boycotts.

Omar introduced legislation that affirms “all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights.” It does not specifically mention the BDS movement.

Tlaib provided a more blunt objection to the resolution:

Two weeks ago, Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress, took to Twitter to denounce the resolution saying it silences “the opposition to Israel’s blatantly racist policies that demonize both Palestinians and Ethiopians.”

“I stand before you the daughter of Palestenian immigrants,” Tlaib said on the House floor the morning of the vote. “Parents who experienced being stripped of their human rights, the right to freedom of travel, equal treatment. So I can’t stand by and watch this attack on our freedom of speech and the right to boycott the racist policies of the government and the state of Israel. I love our country’s freedom of speech, Madam Speaker. Dissent is how we nurture democracy.”


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notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | July 23, 2019 at 9:06 pm

Oh my!

Has everyone seen this?

Ilhan Omar
‏Verified account @IlhanMN
Replying to @jworiah1

@jworiah1 @stevepratico @bemetor5 @somalisijui we are citizens & can’t be deported, why don’t we deport you to where ever you came from

tlaib radiates hate. Ugly woman inside and out.

These two bigoted, wanna-be SS comandants.

Two swines. Not even human.

Will US Jews go 70% for Democrats in 2020?
Why did Nazis have to force them into the railcars?

    Answering your question (as a Jewish person): BECAUSE THEY WERE SMUG ASSHOLES AND THOUGHT THEY COULD BUY OR TALK THEIR WAY OUT OF ANYTHING. Their denail didn’t come from nowhere.

    Now, we’ve got a simliar situation in the US.

    Jewish brothers and sisters: pull your heads out of the matzoh ball soup and look around at the new Nazi party infesting your country.

      Also look around and find your natural allies, those Christians in flyover country.

        Valerie, don’t count on Jewish hollywood idiots (spielberg, kateznberg, geffen and the like) nor the Jewish limo lib idiots of NYC (like penny pritzker, and the damn corrupt assholes on Wall Street and in Goldman Sachs). They’ve surrendered to people who would slaughter them and the rest of us, long ago. Whether it’s for ego, narcissims or simple stupity (or all the above), they’ve surrendered. They’re expendable. We’re not.

        The rest of us are akin to the Jews smart enough to leave Nazi Germany in time. But this time around, it’s the nazis like omar, tlaib and the like who will do the dying.

johnnycab23513 | July 23, 2019 at 9:51 pm

This is where the new people should shut up and listen to their betters!

Does this mean that Omar, Tliab et al. are FINALLY being FORCED to play DEFENSE? it’s about time!

CaliforniaJimbo | July 23, 2019 at 10:02 pm

Great job on Tucker earlier tonight. We need you out there on TV more.

DDsModernLife | July 23, 2019 at 10:14 pm

An “attack on our freedom of speech..” ?? Ask one of these lightweights about Citizens United v. FEC (2010), a real attack against freedom of speech!

Omar’s H.Res.496 asks us – asks our representatives – to condemn Israel in a condemnation cloaked in free speech.

Sorry, Rep. Omar, but I’m “woke” in a way that you don’t understand.

“The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives condemned the Global, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement (BDS)”

I think you mean BOYCOTT, Divestment and Sanctions.

Even a brief Internet search can bring up numerous examples of the MSM/DNC axis claiming “free speech equals white supremacy “. Here is just one of many:

I eagerly await the MSM/DNC axis labeling Thiab a white supremacist for insisting on free speech the way they routinely do non-communists. Any moment now. For sure. Really.

    The MSM/DN axis is really the swamp/left/islamic axis – which the GOP is part of.

    It’s us against them. If you’re Jewish or Christian, we’re in it together for a battle for our lives. Don’t underestimate the danger.

“It’s only a flesh wound.”

So what is this clown show distracting us from seeing

BDS direct action in Dearborn MI:
Ironic side note: A major automotive manufacturer also located in Dearborn just had their diversity and inclusion event last week

I’m so enjoying this rodeo clown car of a Demcratic party.

In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king.

    UnCivilServant in reply to Arminius. | July 24, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Or regarded as a kook and madman raving about needing ‘light’ and babbling about ‘colors’.

Paul In Sweden | July 24, 2019 at 7:32 am

Also in the news….

DeVos Charges Israel Boycott Movement With Anti-Semitism
By Andrew Kreighbaum July 16, 2019

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Monday accused the Israel boycott movement BDS of anti-Semitism.

At a Justice Department forum on anti-Semitism, DeVos said the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is “one of the most pernicious threats” of anti-Semitism on campuses.

The protest movement was launched more than a decade ago to push for Israel to end its occupation of former Palestinian land and recognize the rights of Arab citizens. It’s been endorsed by two freshman members of Congress. It’s also been the source of academic and free speech controversies on college campuses.

Supporters of Israel, including those in Congress, have frequently accused the BDS movement of anti-Semitism. Twenty-six states have enacted laws barring contractors that don’t reject the boycott movement. And Kenneth L. Marcus, the Education Department’s assistant secretary for civil rights, last year said his office would adopt a more expansive definition of ant-Semitism on college campuses that critics said threatened free speech rights. In a 2016 Newsweek op-ed, Marcus suggested that the academic boycott of Israel could be veiled anti-Semitism.

–DeVos Charges Israel Boycott Movement With Anti-Semitism
-RETRIEVED-Wed Jul 24 2019 13:28:53 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time)

Freedom of speech gives these people the right to advocate boycotting Israelis, just as people have the right to advocate boycotting Jews, black people, gay people, etc. It does not give them the right to actually do so.

Private people can boycott whomever they care to — Jews, Israelis, black people, gay people, or anyone else they don’t like. But for any entity that is subject to the civil rights laws, it is against the law to refuse to deal with people on the basis of their national origin, just as it’s against the law to do so on the basis of race, sex, religion, etc.