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Condemnation Grows for Bipartisan Attack on Free Speech Rights of BDS Supporters


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Condemnation Grows for Bipartisan Attack on Free Speech Rights of BDS Supporters

Julia Conley, staff writer

A pair of bipartisan bills targeting boycotts of Israel and Israeli settlements appear to have widespread support in Congress, to the dismay of civil rights advocates who say the proposals are an attack on free speech.

The Israeli Anti-Boycott Act targets the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement aimed at ending Israel's occupation of the West Bank through a refusal to economically support the country. The law would specifically ban support by any U.S. citizen for international boycott efforts against Israel.


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Every idiot sponsoring this bill should be dismissed for gross incompetence. Our supposed right to peaceful protest is being undermined on a daily basis. This attempt to legitimize prohibition of free speech is flatly illegal and patently ridiculous, and the ‘slippery slope’ of it is terrifying. This attempt deserves our contempt and our sustained action in efforts to block it.


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It is obvious that BDS is working. It’s time to double down!


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I’m sorry, but I’m not quite to the depth of cynicism that I can believe that this bill is what the article implies it is. What is the bill number? What constitutes “support”?

I’ll look it up on Thomas.gov and check back…


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it’s a typical American knee-jerk reaction against a UN mandate, protecting Israel from international condemnation for its egregious violations of human rights against the Palestinian people. Note it’s an AIPAC sponsored bill as well. Our historical guilt will follow us a long time, to the point of irrationality.


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Yeah, Washington is considering a bill to make BDS illegal here, too. Any college or other institution that divests itself of Israeli stocks will lose their state funding.

I grew up in a Constitutional Republic with a Bill of Rights. It was a pretty prosperous nation where a working man could work one job and feed and house his family.
Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

To me, that means that We the People have a right to our own opinions and have the right to act upon them, without threats by the government or other agencies.

Most of us have known for years that most members of the House and Senate have been supported by huge donations from AIPAC, and their obligation is to do what they are told if it supports the Israeli regime. Israel is being hurt by the BDS movement, so it has told its lackeys in the government to criminalize it.

So, our representatives, presumably elected by us, are now to do the bidding of Israel and AIPAC against We the People. They’ve probably been told that their gravy train will dry up if they do not obey.

So, We the People of the United States Fourth Reich are to cease any criticism of a cunning and financially controlling foreign country under a penalty of a $250,000 fine and twenty years in jail.

Israel has been the tail wagging the dog for many years. Now it is telling the dog to bite off its own legs and not even say WOOF!

I think perhaps it is time to impeach and fire the House and Senate on grounds of treason. They are officials in the pay of a foreign government and this action makes it pretty plain. To me, that is definitely a "High Crime and misdemeanor."
;-})


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OK, here are the details. This bill adds language to an already existing, broadly-written, already scary, International Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977 which authorized Bush in and later Obama to add numerous amendments to its enabling regulations (50 USC Ch. 35) prohibiting any economic interaction with designated “terrorists” (lots of them aren’t) Iran, and North Korea - the penalties of which are as described in this news article.

So basically, to engage in any kind of boycott or divestment action or advocate such, will be considered the same as doing business with “terrorists”.

So yes, this law really is as bad as it sounds. If I refuse to buy an organic red pepper from Israel at my local food co-op (actually happened) and request that store management not sell Israeli produce - mentioning the international BDS movement while doing so. I can be convicted, fined and imprisoned.

(Senate version S. 720 House Version HR.1697)


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I never fail to be amazed to see how this subservience to Israel appears among even what I thought were good progressive politicians. Sanders and Warren are not cosponsors, but if/when it comes up to a vote, prepare to see them vote for it.


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[quote=“ncycat, post:5, topic:43386”] “It’s a typical American knee-jerk reaction against a UN mandate, protecting Israel from international condemnation for its egregious violations of human rights against the Palestinian people.  Note [that] it’s an AIPAC sponsored bill as well. Our historical guilt will follow us a long time, to the point of irrationality.”[/quote]

[quote=“minitrue, post:6, topic:43386”] "Most of us have known for years that most members of the House and Senate have been supported by huge donations from AIPAC, and their obligation is to do what they are told if it supports the Israeli regime. Israel is being hurt by the BDS movement, so it has told its lackeys in the govern­ment to criminalize it.   So our representatives, presumably elected by us, are now to do the bidding of Israel and AIPAC against We the People. They’ve probably been told that their gravy train will dry up if they do not obey.

I think perhaps it is time to impeach and fire the House and Senate on grounds of treason. They are officials in the pay of a foreign government and this action makes it pretty plain. To me, that is definitely a
’High Crime and Misdemeanor’.
" [/quote]

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first – or only – instance of “our” representatives doing the bidding of a small minor­ity of wealthy “campaign contributors” (aka puppeteers). But in this case the would-be string-pullers are clearly representing the interests of an authoritarian foreign government, and those accepting their bribes should be held to account just as was Benedict Arnold more than 200 years ago.  The biggest problem I see with this is convincing Congress to impeach Congress.  I guess it’s up to us to evict as many of these traitors as we can come November, 2018.


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Mrs. Minitrue says " Waiting until November 2018 is going to be too late. This needs to be done now."
;-})


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Schumer, US Senate D Israel


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[quote=“minitrue, post:10, topic:43386, full:true”]   “Mrs. Minitrue says, ‘Waiting until November 2018 is going to be too late. This needs to be done now’.” [/quote]

I agree — but HOW??   Boycotting Sheldon Adelson’s casino(s) ain’t gonna cut it.


#13

Woodrow Wilson got away with outlawing free speech during WWI. But his law was later removed, after it enabled the atrocity of imprisoning Eugene Debs. We better not let something like that happen again.


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We are told that Russia hacked our elections; when a foreign country and it’s agents (AIPAC) not only influence elections but actually use its agents in Congress to pass legislation, they should be listed as foreign agents. Again, how to do this?

Posting this again as it is an important read for Americans to absorb:


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In case these were missed:


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Another day, another slide further down the slippery slope. This country sucks.


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You have made a great point here. What is amazing (although not that amazing considering the general mentality of many us citizens) to me is how the mms – as well as those who believe the stuff they spew – is all up in arms about Russian control(?) of US when AIPAC’s control has real consequences that are simply ignored.


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strictly speaking, the law remains: it’s the Espionage Act of 1917.
The Sedition amendments of 1918–what Debs was tried under–was repealed in 1920.

I only mention this as a friendly way to remind us all that the core of that repulsive act is still with us and still being used to terrorize good citizens, especially whistle blowers. And Obama is the dude that raised this monster from the dead.


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Saying that about “the only democracy in the middle east” would be added to the bill’s proscriptions as soon as a “not foreign agent” outfit thinks about it.

Peace.
ths.


#20

What are the greatest threats to the American republic? The duopoly? The trump regime and RepubliCons? corporate SCOTUS? Corporate subversion of our politicians, WH and Congress? The MICC for-profit war-machine? The fossil-fuel industry? Corruption of our so-called “regulatory” agencies, the Fourth Estate, AIPAC, DINO Democrats selling-out to damn near everything? Or the subversion of our nation, Congress, WH, political processes, the Fourth Estate, our foreign policy and war policy, and corruption of our sovereignty by the terrorist Israeli state - an “axis of evil” that subverts all?

Or all of the above?