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(Washington, D.C., Feb. 7, 2019)—B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:  
We laud Tuesday’s overwhelmingly bipartisan Senate passage of the anti-BDS provision of the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act, sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia). The act is a package of bills relating to Middle East policy, including an anti-Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) bill. Speaker Nancy Pelosi should bring this bill to a vote in the House as soon as possible.
The bipartisan measure would also enhance security cooperation between the U.S. and Jordan, strengthen sanctions against Syria and reauthorize military aid to Israel. It passed 77-23.
The bill affirms the right of state governments to exclusively do business with companies that do not boycott the State of Israel. Even before the bill was passed, similar local anti-BDS bills had already been enacted in 26 states.
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