I just received some exciting news from Washington, D.C. regarding our efforts to protect Israel! One of our high priority legislative goals, which pushes back against boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against Israel, has crossed a major threshold.
All over the word, anti-Israel activists have attempted to undercut Israel by imposing boycotts on firms that work with or are based in Israel, forcing divestment from Israeli companies, and imposing sanctions on Israel -- a set of actions known collectively as the BDS movement.
Their goal is simple -- destroy Israel economically. But thanks to the hard work of Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., and your unwavering support, we've won a major victory against these anti-Israel forces!
The measure is an amendment to trade agreement legislation was approved unanimously by both the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee. It requires negotiators working on a trade agreement with the European Union to make the rejection of BDS as a condition of improved trade relations with the U.S.
"This is nothing short of a historic win for the U.S.-Israel relationship and a hammer blow to the BDS movement--a campaign solely dedicated to the delegitimization and isolation of our ally Israel," said Roskam. "I strongly support free trade negotiations with the EU, but we must also confront the disturbing, rising tide of BDS activity from countries across Europe. This measure will make combating these boycotts a principal trade objective of the United States in our negotiations with the EU and send a clear message that countries seeking free trade with the United States cannot participate in politically-motivated economic warfare against Israel"
"Israel is one of America's closest allies and the only stable Democracy in the Middle East," said Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland. "We may not agree with every Israeli policy, but we cannot allow our potential trading partners in the EU to fall prey to efforts that threaten Israel's existence."
This victory shows once again that when we work together, we can do great things! Thanks to everyone who called, emailed, and wrote letters to Congress in support of this legislation!
Working together, we are making a difference!
ACT for America
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