August 3, 2017

Gillibrand withdraws support of anti-boycott measure

Electronic Intifada - In an act unprecedented in recent history, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand took a stand in support of the right of Americans to boycott Israel by formally withdrawing her sponsorship of S.720, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act.

The New York Democrat’s withdrawal of her sponsorship comes after constituents repeatedly pressed her on her support of the bill at town hall meetings in New York City.

On 22 July in the Bronx, Gillibrand affirmed that “we are all allowed to boycott” in response to a constituent who laid out his concerns that the bill would criminalize those supporting boycotts of Israel.

It is exceedingly rare for members of Congress to withdraw their sponsorship from bills. One veteran congressional staffer could recall only one instance of it happening in recent memory when a representative took his name off a bill regulating minor league baseball.

1 comment:

DreamSpinner said...

Nobody knows better tan Jewish people what a dangerous precedent this bill would be...perhaps that is its purpose. Once it were set, anything would be possible. Since many Jews are conflicted about the current politics of Israel, it also calls into question the identity of the state. This is so obvious, I don't understand why more people aren't talking about it....they act like this is by and for Jews.

No way.