The new Rep Rashida Tlaib has found herself at the center of controversy again. The controversy now revolves around the first bill of the year, H.R.1 in the House and S.1 in the Senate, which happens to be very pro-Israel.
Tlaib is Palestinian and some find that this may lead to her disposition against this bill. But this bill looks to be over the top when it comes to supporting Israel.
“According to multiple sources involved in the legislative process, S.1 will be a compendium containing a handful of foreign policy-related measures, the main one of which is a provision — with Florida’s GOP Sen. Marco Rubio as a lead sponsor — to defend the Israeli government.
H.R. 1 echoes an older pro-Israel bill S.170.
“which gives state and local governments explicit legal authority to boycott any U.S. companies which themselves are participating in a boycott against Israel. As The Intercept reported last month, 26 states now have enacted some version of a law to punish or otherwise sanction entities that participate in or support the boycott of Israel, while similar laws are pending in at least 13 additional states. Rubio’s bill is designed to strengthen the legal basis to defend those Israel-protecting laws from constitutional challenge.”
“They forgot what country they represent. This is the U.S. where boycotting is a right & part of our historical fight for freedom & equality. Maybe a refresher on our U.S. Constitution is in order, then get back to opening up our government instead of taking our rights away.”
“This “dual loyalty” canard is a typical anti-Semitic line#BDS isn’t about freedom & equality, it’s about destroying #Israel
And if boycotting #Israel is constitutionally protected, then boycotting companies that boycott #Israel is also constitutionally protected.”
BDS is an Anti-Israel movement.
“Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” (BDS) global movement against Israel. BDS proponents seek to pressure Israel through economic and other means — often, until Israel ceases to exist in its current form.”
“The shutdown is not the reason Senate Democrats don’t want to move to Middle East Security Bill.
A huge argument broke out at Senate Dem meeting last week over BDS. A significant # of Senate Democrats now support #BDS & Dem leaders want to avoid a floor vote that reveals that.”
Political Pundit and Editor of the Dailywire, Ben Shapiro, weighed in on the discussion.
“The truth is that the Democratic Party has been flirting with, and in some cases openly embracing, anti-Semitism for years,” Shapiro wrote. “That’s why top members of the Democratic Party continue to kowtow to open anti-Semites like Linda Sarsour and Louis Farrakhan; it’s why the Democrats booed Jerusalem in the 2012 Democratic National Committee platform; it’s why the Obama administration routinely played public relations arm for the Iranian government; it’s why no major Democrat will go on record condemning Tlaib or Ilhan Omar.”
Rep Rashida Tlaib is likely biased and very well could be supporting the BDS but she does have a point at least when it comes to this bill.
The new H.R.1/S.1 Bill sounds like it infringes upon the rights of the people as it interferes with the free market. As the bill aims to empower the govt to boycott businesses that boycott Israel.
To be clear I have nothing against Israel, they are one of our greatest allies, but this new bill could have repercussions. A business should have the freedom to choose who they serve. Just like how Bakers should have the right to deny service to the gay couples. This new bill flies in the face of that.