The House voted overwhelmingly 398-17 to reject a boycott of Israel on Tuesday by passing a bi-partisan resolution condemning such action. The House resolution said that a boycott “promotes principles of collective guilt, mass punishment and group isolation, which are destructive of prospects for progress towards peace.”
No one spoke against the resolution during the debate period. The tiny minority’s two most vocal supporters, Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MN) did not even speak on the floor before the vote.
Tlaib did speak on the bill’s behalf earlier in the day, calling Israel’s treatment of the so-called Palestinians “racist” and comparing the boycott to American boycotts of Nazi Germany before and during World War II.
“I stand before you as the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, parents who experienced being stripped of their human rights, the right to freedom of travel, equal treatment,” Tlaib said. “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 boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement has not gained traction with even the Democrats in Congress and is generally seen as anti-Semitic.
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