B’nai B’rith International expresses its appreciation to the U.S. Congress for including an amendment in a major trade bill that opposes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.
Under the just-passed Trans-Pacific Partnership bill, trading partners in the European Union and elsewhere must reject a boycott of Israeli products in order to do business with the United States.
The amendment targets: “politically motivated actions to boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel and to seek the elimination of politically motivated nontariff barriers on Israeli goods, services, or other commerce imposed on the State of Israel.”
Further, the amendment calls for “the elimination of state-sponsored unsanctioned foreign boycotts against Israel or compliance with the Arab League Boycott of Israel by prospective trading partners.”
The odious BDS movement, which continues to gain traction on college campuses and in the corporate world, seeks to isolate and marginalize Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East.
With bipartisan support, the trade measure passed the House and the Senate and the president is expected to quickly sign the bill into law.
B’nai B’rith welcomes these amendments, which represent an important, public and unequivocal defense of Israel at a time when the Jewish state is facing an onslaught of efforts to delegitimize it on the global stage.