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B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith International applauds the Senate Appropriations Committee for passing a bipartisan bill targeting the discriminatory Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The Combating BDS Act of 2016 will allow state and local governments to divest from entities that boycott Israel.
The bill passed on June 29 with 21 committee members voting in favor. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) sponsored the legislation; Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) was the original co-sponsor.
This bill is an important tool in combating the anti-Israel hatred of BDS supporters, whose ultimate purpose is to eliminate the Jewish state. We call on the full Senate to promptly pass the legislation.