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June 11, 2015 1:10 pm

Congressman Seeks to Include Anti-BDS Measures in Trade Bill

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Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL). Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL). Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Representative Peter Roskam (R-IL) has called for a measure to be included in the Obama administration’s sweeping trade agreement that would discourage U.S. trade partners from boycotting or divesting from Israel, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

Roskam also sought measures prioritizing U.S. trade with Israel, in an effort to secure amendments to a trade-law enforcement bill that is attached to a separate bill that would grant the White House fast-track trade authority.

Congress is set to vote on the bills on Friday, and according to The Hill “Obama and the GOP appear poised to earn a significant victory.”

According to the Times, Roskam’s demands were among the many from House Republicans seeking to add their last-minute amendments to the trade-law enforcement bill before agreeing to a “yes” vote.

Other demands included language that would prohibit future trade agreements from forcing the U.S. hands on climate change, and another that would keep future trade agreements from loosening immigration laws, among others.

Recently, Roskam led efforts opposing the American Studies Association’s adoption of boycott, divestment and sanctions measures against Israel.

For trade with Europe as part of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, he sought language that would require U.S. trade negotiators to adopt a rejection of BDS measures as a principal element of any future trade agreement. These efforts were aimed at the European Union, where BDS has stronger traction.

In his foreign policy, former chief deputy majority whip Roskam has been strongly focused on Israel and issues pertaining to the Jewish state.

Most recently, Roskam was critical of a Supreme Court decision that barred Americans born in Jerusalem from listing Israel as their place of birth on U.S. passports, Roskam wrote: “Americans born in Jerusalem should be able to list their birthplace as Israel on their passport. It is that simple. Jerusalem is the rightful capital of Israel and historic homeland of the Jewish people.”

And he “slammed” a decision by French mobile giant Orange’s decision to cut its contract with an Israeli partner.

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  • **************************************************
    Hypocrisy of the Anti-Israel BDS Movement
    by Mr. Cohen, 2015 June 7, updated 2015 June 8

    In year 2012 CE, the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report revealed 17 countries that still practice or tolerate slavery: Algeria, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Kuwait, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Papua New Guinea, Yemen, Madagascar, Eritrea, Zimbabwe, DR Congo, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, and Cuba.

    Notice that NONE of these 17 countries is suffers the wrath of the BDS movement, no matter how guilty they are of practicing slavery.

    Also notice that most of these countries are MUSLIM, which means that the Far-Left-dominated news media will NEVER give them the criticism they deserve, because the Far-Leftists are the loyal allies of the Muslims.

    Last but not least, the Far-Left-dominated BDS movement will NEVER target these counties with boycotts, because the Far-Leftists are the loyal allies of the Muslims.

    According to the year 2014 CE Freedom in the World Report, the ten most oppressive countries in the world are: Central African Republic, Somalia, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, Eritrea, Syria, North Korea, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia, and Uzbekistan.

    Notice that NONE of these ten countries is suffers the wrath of the BDS movement, no matter how much they oppress their own citizens.

    Since year 1950 CE, China has occupied the land
    of Tibet and murdered around one million Tibetans.
    Does China suffer the wrath of the BDS movement? NO!

    Russia invaded Georgia in year 2008 CE.
    Russia invaded Ukraine in year 2014 CE.
    Is Russian boycotted by the BDS movement?
    NO! And it never will be.

  • Andrew Klavan vs. Anti-Israel BDS (part 2 of 2):

    “The key point is just because BDS-ers are trying to destroy the Jewish state alone out of all the nations; just because they are holding Israel to a higher standard than other countries in the region;
    just because they are targeting the ONE land in the Middle East land where people are free and differences are tolerated; that does not mean they are anti-Semitic; they are probably great people, who just hate Jews.”

    Who Put the BS in BDS? 2014 July 2

  • Andrew Klavan vs. Anti-Israel BDS (part 1 of 2):

    “Of course, the BDS movement does not really want to kill all the Jews; they just want boycotts, divestment and sanctions against the State of Israel, until the nation is so weak, it can be overrun by its enemies, so THEY can kill all the Jews!

    So it is not like BDS-ers are Nazis or anything; they are more like the Nazi’s cute little sidekicks; like Hitler and the Seven Dwarves.”

    SOURCE: Who Put the BS in BDS? 2014 July 2