Dems SLAM Omar’s Resolution Defending Boycott of Israel: “An Effort to Delegitimize Israel”
House Democrats are voicing their outrage over Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) resolution to defend the boycotting of Israel, calling it an “effort to delegitimize” the Jewish nation.
Earlier this week, Omar introduced her resolution–which is co-sponsored by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and John Lewis (D-GA)–which would support the right to boycott Israel.
Senior Jewish lawmaker Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) told The Jerusalem Post that the resolution would not be taken seriously.
“I can’t imagine that any committee is going to mark up or take seriously any pro-BDS resolution,” Sherman said.
“Am I worried about the overall BDS [boycott, divestment, sanctions] 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.”
Sherman said the resolution was “dead on arrival.”
Rep. Eliot Engel told the Washington Times that the BDS movement was a “cancer.”
“I think the BDS movement is harmful, and anyone that promotes it is making a big mistake,” he said.
Omar told Al-Monitor, “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. And it is an opportunity for us to explain why it is we support a nonviolent movement, which is the BDS movement.”
The resolution, introduced Tuesday, compares the right to boycott to the United States’ boycott of Nazi Germany:
“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.”
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