Netanyahu praises House for passing anti-BDS resolution

Netanyahu praises House for passing anti-BDS resolution
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE praised the House of Representatives for passing a resolution opposing the global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

“I would like to commend the U.S. House of Representatives for overwhelmingly approving, by a great bipartisan majority, Democrats and Republicans alike, a decision against boycotts against Israel,” Netanyahu said in a video tweeted Wednesday.

“This attests to the support for Israel in the U.S.; this support is bipartisan, and it is important to us. I welcome this decision. It is right and it is helpful.”

The resolution passed by an overwhelming 398-17 margin, with 16 Democrats, mostly progressives, voting against it.

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The resolution, authored by Rep. Brad SchneiderBradley (Brad) Scott SchneiderUS officials, world leaders arrive in Israel for World Holocaust Forum  House Democrat pushes back against concerns that impeachment inquiry could spark political backlash Dem Congressman discusses plan to keep the house blue MORE (D-Ill.), doubles down on support for a two-state solution, saying the BDS movement “undermines” that ultimate goal “because it demands concessions of one party alone and encourages Palestinians to reject negotiations in favor of international pressure.”

“Here's the thing about the global BDS movement: I don't believe it promotes racial justice or social change at all. It promotes a one-sided view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that seeks to marginalize Israel, that would deny the Jewish people the right of national self-determination,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelHouse chairman says Pompeo agreed to testify on Iran Democrats offer mixed reactions to Trump's Mideast peace plan Trump to release Israeli-Palestinian peace plan on Tuesday MORE (D-N.Y.) said during floor debate. 

Progressive opponents of the legislation warned it would hinder free speech.

“Our right to free speech is being threatened with this resolution. It sets a dangerous precedent because it attempts to delegitimize a certain people's political speech and to send a message that our government can and will take action against speech it doesn't like,” Rep. 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 is of Palestinian descent, said in her floor speech.

Rep. 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.), another progressive firebrand who opposed the legislation passed Tuesday, introduced a rival resolution last week that would reaffirm Americans’ rights to boycott “in pursuit of civil and human rights” and oppose “unconstitutional legislative efforts to limit the use of boycotts to further civil rights at home and abroad,” though it does not specifically mention BDS.