Pressley defends breaking with 'squad' on BDS vote

Pressley defends breaking with 'squad' on BDS vote
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Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyThe DCCC's 'blacklist' protects a white male political status quo Biden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements The Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power 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-CortezOcasio-Cortez rips 'public charge' decision: 'The American Dream isn't a private club with a cover charge' Democrat questions new border chief's involvement in Facebook group with racist, sexist posts The DCCC's 'blacklist' protects a white male political status quo MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBiden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Donald Trump' if the US doesn't elect a progressive MORE (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBiden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Democrats press Trump administration to stop DNA collection from detained migrants 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 LewisObama marks MLK Day by honoring King for his 'poetic brilliance' and 'moral clarity' The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial John Lewis to miss Martin Luther King Jr. Day event 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.