Tlaib blasts Foreign Affairs Committee's anti-BDS bill as 'unconstitutional'

Tlaib blasts Foreign Affairs Committee's anti-BDS bill as 'unconstitutional'
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Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibLongtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary The Hill's Campaign Report: Even the Post Office is political now | Primary action tonight | Super PACS at war Five primary races to watch on Tuesday MORE (D-Mich.) took aim at a bill in the House Foreign Affairs Committee condemning the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, calling it "unconstitutional."

The measure, H.R. 246, aims “to silence opposition of Israel's blatantly racist policies that demonize both Palestinians & Ethiopians,” Tlaib, who is Palestinian and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

“Our 1st Amd. right to free speech allows boycott of inhumane policies. This bill is unconstitutional,” she added. 

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Tlaib has expressed support for the BDS movement before and has also criticized a Senate anti-BDS bill sponsored by Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate Intel panel approves final Russia report, moves toward public release Negotiators hit gas on coronavirus talks as frustration mounts Mnuchin: Negotiators no closer to coronavirus deal than a week ago MORE (R-Fla.) and Jim RischJames (Jim) Elroy RischSenators blast Turkey's move to convert Hagia Sophia back into a mosque Progressive group backs Democratic challenger to Sen. Risch Republicans start bracing for shutdown fight in run-up to election MORE (R-Idaho), calling boycotting “a right & part of our historical fight for freedom & equality” in January and saying the bill’s sponsors “forgot what country they represent.”

Rubio responded by accusing Tlaib of anti-Semitism and claiming that “boycotting companies that boycott Israel is also constitutionally protected.”