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July 1, 2015 10:04 am

Obama Administration Won’t Enforce Anti-BDS Trade Provision in Judea and Samaria

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The Obama administration said the U.S. would not use the anti-BDS legislation to protect Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria. Photo: White House.

The Obama administration said the U.S. would not use the anti-BDS legislation to protect Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria. Photo: White House.

JNS.org – After President Barack Obama signed a trade bill that takes a stand against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, his administration said the U.S. would not use the legislation to protect Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership bill, which was passed by Congress last week and signed into law by Obama this week, includes an amendment requiring American negotiators to stipulate the rejection of boycotting products made in “Israeli-controlled territories” as a core principle in trade talks with other countries, particularly in the European Union.

But State Department spokesman John Kirby said Tuesday that the bill’s language on BDS “runs counter to longstanding U.S. policy” on the disputed territories because it conflates “Israel and ‘Israeli-controlled territories.’” The U.S. has “strongly opposed boycotts, divestment campaigns, and sanctions targeting the State of Israel, and will continue to do so,” but will not “pursue policies or activities that would legitimize” Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria, said Kirby.

A spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a key sponsor of the trade bill’s anti-BDS amendment, said the measure never intended to take a stance on Israeli settlements, the Associated Press reported.

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  • brenrod

    immediately after signing a bill into law he declares that he will now violate that bill. HMMM??? I wonder why he never mentioned that before the signing. what about the sponsors, they also appear to realize that the clause is a sham, probably to fool Jews in to supporting the bill. Jews are thicker than 2 bricks and keep returning to the con game.

  • Joseph Stein

    Signing this anti-BDS bill may seem on the surface to be a pro-Israeli act. In reality, it is one further example of the Obama administration’s relentless attempt to delegitamize historical Jewish rights to the Jewish National home. Obama is fixated on the Green line as a de facto border of Israel. He and many international bodies including the UN with all its spurious resolutions, refer to the Green line the “pre-1967 borders. However the Green line is neither a border nor is related to the 67 war. It is the Armistice line of April 9 1949 which was negotiating for the sole purpose of keeping two warring parties from killing each other.
    If there is any doubt on the matter one may read the plain English wording of the 1949 Armistice Agreement which states:
    “… no provision of this Agreement shall in any way prejudice the rights, claims, and positions of either Party hereto in the peaceful settlement of the Palestine questions, the provisions of this Agreement being dictated EXCLUSIVELY MILITARY CONSIDERATIONS” (Art. II.2),

    Obama, in signing this bill, which excludes Judea and Samaria from BBS protection, violates international treaty law and the rules of war which arise from the Hague regulations of 1907, which are in turn based on the Leiber codes.

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    A pogrom is coming.

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