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Pressley defends breaking with 'squad' on BDS vote

Pressley defends breaking with 'squad' on BDS vote
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Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyBush testifies before Congress about racist treatment Black birthing people face during childbirth, pregnancy Genetic material from 1993 killing revealed years after another man executed for crime, groups say Advocates warn against complacency after Chauvin verdict MORE (D-Mass.) defended her vote this week for a resolution opposing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which calls for a financial boycott of Israel.

Pressley broke with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Energy: Update on Biden administration conservation goals | GOP sees opportunity to knock Biden amid rising gas prices | Push for nationwide electric vehicle charging stations The Memo: The GOP's war is already over — Trump won Ocasio-Cortez, Levin introduce revised bill to provide nationwide electric vehicle charging network MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSchumer works to balance a divided caucus's demands White House raises refugee cap to 62,500 Sharpton eulogizes Daunte Wright: 'Tags of racism' have expired MORE (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSix House Democrats ask Garland to review case of lawyer placed under house arrest over Chevron suit OSHA sends draft emergency temporary standard for COVID-19 to OMB review Imperative that Democrats figure out what went wrong in 2020 MORE (D-Mich.), who, along with her, have become colloquially known as “the squad,” to support the measure. House Resolution 246 passed the Democratic House 398-17 Tuesday.

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“There are a lot of anti-BDS bills out there that infringe on 1st amendment rights at the state and federal level. In my view, HRes 246 wasn't one of them,” Pressley tweeted.

“What I heard resounding in community was that voting yes on this resolution affirmed to my constituents raised in the Jewish faith Israel's right to exist, a view I share as a supporter of a two state solution,” she added.

Pressley added that if a similar measure introduced in the Senate came to the House floor, she would vote against it. “We can call out and question the tactics of a movement but we should never question or marginalize the lived experiences and voices of those who call out for civil rights & liberties, including the Palestinian people,” she tweeted.

The freshman congresswoman noted that she had also co-sponsored a resolution with Omar and Rep. John LewisJohn LewisAlabama museum unveils restored Greyhound bus for Freedom Rides' 60th anniversary Is America slipping to autocracy? Washington must confront the 'Amazon economy' MORE (D-Ga.), a hero of the civil rights movement who also voted for HR246, that affirms “all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.”

“Like Congressman John Lewis, I believe that I can hold these strong views without opposition. Protest is sacred and activism is critical,” she tweeted.