There has been a growing movement on the left among anti-Semites and Israel-haters to push what is known as the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions — known as the BDS movement — that is specifically targeted at economically destroying the nation of Israel.
In a somewhat surprising and increasingly rare display of bipartisan support for Israel in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, the BDS movement was dealt a stunning blow of disapproval and opposition from Congress on Tuesday.
Fox News reported that a resolution with bipartisan sponsorship expressing opposition to the international BDS movement against Israel was brought to the floor for a vote by the entire House.
The resolution was passed overwhelmingly with a vote of 398-17. Of the 17 who voted against the resolution, 16 of them were Democrats, including outspokenly anti-Israel “Squad” members Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.
The House is now strongly on record in a unified fashion as standing against the global leftist effort to destroy Israel economically through targeted boycotts, divestments, and sanctions against U.S. companies that do business with Israel and vice versa.
A similar bipartisan resolution was passed earlier in the year by the Senate, albeit with some differences that had caused it to stall out in the House. The House version, however, added in some protections for the free speech rights of individual Americans to engage in politically-motivated boycott and divestment efforts on their own accord.
Important show of support
Many of those who oppose the decidedly pro-Palestinian BDS movement against Israel view it as nothing short of economic warfare against Israel and an undisguised effort at undermining and delegitimizing the Jewish nation.
The House resolution stated: “A two-state solution remains the best way to justly resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and ensure a future for two peoples living side-by-side in peace, security and prosperity.”
It went on: “By denying the Jewish claim to a homeland, the BDS Movement is fundamentally incompatible with a two-state solution and pushes the cause of peace for both Israel and the Palestinians further out of reach.
“This resolution makes clear that Congress remains committed to a two-state solution and opposes zero-sum efforts to delegitimize the state of Israel,” the resolution added.
Dems seek distance from radical wing
It was reported that top House Democrats were hopeful that this resolution would serve to help the more moderate and liberal Democrats in the House distance themselves from the more radical progressives that have openly expressed their anti-Israel and anti-Semitic sentiments, such as Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, who submitted a pro-BDS movement resolution for consideration by the House.
Whether this strong bipartisan resolution in support of Israel will serve to achieve that goal remains, of course, to be seen.