Rashida Tlaib Blasts anti-BDS Bill Supporters: 'They Forgot What Country They Represent', 01/07/2018
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Tlaib was supporting a tweet by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who said Sunday it was an ‘absurd’ bill for Republicans to introduce as the Senate’s first bill of the new Congress
Less than a week into her term as a congresswoman, freshman Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib sparked her second controversy since her inauguration, after tweeting Sunday that people supporting a bill that protect states that penalize Israel boycotters have “forgot what country they represent.”
The Michigan Democrat’s comment did not go unanswered, with Jewish writer Howard Lovy quickly denouncing it as an example of the “old anti-Semitic ‘dual loyalty’ garbage … when the first thing she raises is the ancient specter of Jewish disloyalty, you know this is going to be a rough ride.” <SNIP>
“It’s absurd that the first bill during the shutdown is legislation which punishes Americans who exercise their constitutional right to engage in political activity,” Sanders tweeted, linking to an article in The Intercept about the bill
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. https://t.co/KkmqjR58ZM
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) January 7, 2019
January 7, 2019 at 6:55 PM #95813fingerbrownParticipant
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anti-semetic too, according to this Howard Lovy guy, and others like him? This is one of the most anti-free speech bills I have ever seen.
All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.
January 7, 2019 at 9:13 PM #9622LaadeedaaParticipant
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Senate’s First Bill in the Midst of the Shutdown, is a Bipartisan Defense of the Israeli Government from Boycotts, 01/07/2019
WHEN EACH NEW Congress is gaveled into session, the chambers attach symbolic importance to the first piece of legislation to be considered. For that reason, it bears the lofty designation of H.R.1 in the House and S.1 in the Senate. <snip>
But in the 2019 GOP-controlled Senate, the first bill to be considered — S.1 — is not designed to protect American workers, bolster U.S. companies, or address the various debates over border security and immigration. It’s not a bill to open the government. Instead, 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. The bill is a top legislative priority for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. <SNIP>
Thus far, the two federal courts that have ruled on such bills have declared them to be unconstitutional violations of the First Amendment speech rights of American citizens. “A restriction of one’s ability to participate in collective calls to oppose Israel unquestionably burdens the protected expression of companies wishing to engage in such a boycott,” U.S. District Court Judge Diane Humetewa of Arizona wrote in issuing a preliminary injunction against the law in a case brought last September by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of “an attorney who has contracted with the state for the last 12 years to provide legal services on behalf of incarcerated individuals,” but lost his contract to do so after he refused to sign an oath pledging not to boycott Israel.
January 7, 2019 at 7:32 PM #9589Cold Mountain TrailParticipant
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January 7, 2019 at 10:02 PM #9629doh1304Participant
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they’ll just call it a “tax”.
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