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Democratic lawmakers pushed-back against Rep. Ilhan Omar’s latest legislation

July 19, 2019 - 3:30 pm

Democratic lawmakers pushed-back against Rep. Ilhan Omar’s latest legislation defending a proposed boycott of Israel; saying the bill is “dead on arrival” in the House of Representatives.

“High-profile Democrats are decrying a controversial resolution from Rep. Ilhan Omar affirming the right to boycott Israel, even as they rally behind her and three other first-term congresswomen attacked by President Trump,” reports Fox News.

“We are introducing a resolution … to really speak about the American values that support and believe in our ability to exercise our First Amendment rights in regard to boycotting,” Omar said in a recent interview.

“I can’t imagine that any committee is going to mark up or take seriously any pro-BDS resolution,” said Rep. Brad Sherman. “Am I worried about the overall BDS movement worldwide as an economic matter? No. As an effort to delegitimize Israel, of course. The comments here today are a tiny part of that delegitimizing effort.”

“I think the BDS movement is harmful, and anyone that promotes it is making a big mistake,” said Rep. Eliot Engel.

“Americans of conscience have a proud history of participating in boycotts to advocate for human rights abroad including … boycotting Nazi Germany from March 1933 to October 1941 in response to the dehumanization of the Jewish people in the lead-up to the Holocaust,” Omar told her colleagues when introducing the legislation Tuesday.

What is BDS? Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement works to end international support for Israel.

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