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B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith International applauds the introduction of the bipartisan Israel Anti-Boycott Act in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives last week. The legislation would penalize companies that take part in the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Reps. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) and Juan Vargas (D-Calif.), initiated the bill. It follows a United Nations Human Rights Council decision last year to catalogue companies doing business in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem.
“The United States should bring its foreign policy and its economic institutions, its relationships, and its leverage to bear to combat boycott, divestment, and sanctions actions against Israel,” Cardin said of the bill. “We should not stand idle when foreign countries or international governmental organizations use BDS tactics to isolate one of our key allies.”
B’nai B’rith strongly urges the Senate and House to promptly pass the legislation. The Israel Anti-Boycott Act is a vital tool in combating BDS and anti-Israel hatred.