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House overwhelmingly OKs resolution opposing boycott of Israel in a rare bipartisan vote

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Progressive members of Congress, Ilhan Omar resolution seeks to push back against the US laws to ban the boycott of Israel; reaction of the George Mason University law professor Eugene Kontorovich.

The house of representatives with an overwhelming majority, a bipartisan resolution Tuesday approved opposing international efforts to boycott Israel, as Democrats try to curb the increasingly heated political rhetoric over differences with the long-standing U.S. allies.

The decision on a vote of 398-17. Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, were among the 16 Democrats who voted against the resolution. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., the only Republican vote “no”. Rep. Justin Amash, I-Me., was one of five lawmakers who voted “present.”

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The resolution puts the house on record against the pro-Palestinian Boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement and its efforts to target U.S. companies that do business with Israel. The movement has grown in recent years, and Israel sees it as a threat. Supporters of Israel see it as an attempt to delegitimize the Jewish state.

Reps. Brad Schneider, D-Ill.; Jerry Nadler, D-NY, Lee Zeldin, R-NY, and Ann Wagner, R-Mo., had introduced the resolution in March.

Four members of Congress, two Democrats, New York, Jerry Nadler, and Illinois’ Brad Schneider, and two Republicans, New York’s Lee Zeldin and Missouri Ann Wagner, had introduced the cross-party resolution against the state of Israel and the pro-Palestinian Boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement in March. (Getty)

“A two-state solution remains the best way to right to a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and ensuring a future for the two peoples living side by side in peace, security and prosperity,” the resolution said. “By the denial of the Jewish claim to a homeland, the BDS movement is fundamentally incompatible with a two-state solution and is pushing the cause of peace for Israel and the Palestinians further out of reach. This resolution makes it clear that Congress continues to support a two-state solution and against zero-sum efforts to delegitimize the state of Israel.”

“We need to the crass anti-Semitics deny injected all the BDS,” said Zeldin.

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The Associated Press reported that House majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., had promised the legislature, the bill would come up for a vote before the August break in an attempt to shield the house Democrats-another Republican efforts to attack the Problem of Israel. Liberal lawmakers, especially Omar and Tlaib, both newly elected and Muslim-Americans, have spoken in support of the BDS movement, as you criticize Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.

Omar, a member of the Committee for Foreign Affairs, was the only legislator to voice opposition when the bill was included in a package the panel approved last week.

“What do we do to bring peace? I think that the simple question as a guideline for any voice we said in this Committee,” the freshman legislator who came to the United States as a refugee from Somalia when she was a child, and became a U.S. citizen.

Omar was bluntly tweeted against Israel, once again, that the legislature do support were of the Jewish state, because they paid for were basically in favour of this. It has been widely used as an insult, that’s based on a trope against the Jewish people, and she apologized later to “clear” themselves.

Trump called her apology “lame” and the Republicans have continued to stir up opposition to their views as part of the “team” of liberal freshmen legislators. Trump stood last week at a campaign event, as the crowd chanted about Omar, “send it back.”

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Omar said they supported the long-held U.S. goal of a “two-state” solution, one for Israel and one for Palestine. But she said during the Committee hearing last week that “verily, the reach of peace” means “the end to this occupation” of Israeli settlements.

Zeldin, beat Omar last week for the introduction of a resolution last week supporting the right to boycott Israel. In remarks, the support of your measure, Omar compared the boycott of the Jewish state to boycott of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

He said, she brought “their hateful phrase” by the conclusion of the lights on the BDS-movement form.

“Israel is our best ally in the Middle East; a beacon of hope, liberty and freedom, surrounded by existential threats,” Zeldin wrote in a tweet. “Shame on Rep, Omar for you to fulfilled bring your hatred twist the reality to the house, still foreign, the rear, the BDS movement and Israel, the blame for all of your challenges.”

An earlier version of the decision of the Senate, with robust support from both parties earlier this year. But to protest the Senate a bill that is part of a broader foreign policy package, stalled the house caught in the midst of concern over the First Amendment rights, and the ability of Americans to Israel’s policies.

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To win, the efforts of those in the house that still had the Senate, the resolution is beefed up with First Amendment protections on the boycott. While the Senate has the legal authority of state and local governments in the affirmative to restrict, contracts or other actions against individuals, the boycott of Israel, the house bill is confirmed by the Constitution to participate in lawful rights of Americans, “the freedom of speech, including the right to protest, or criticism of the policy of the United States or foreign governments.”

The resolution was pushed by AIPAC, the influential Israel lobby in Washington. J Street, a liberal group that opposed the Senate version but the house supported the approach.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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