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RJC Applauds Passage of H.Res. 246

Washington, DC (July 23, 2019) – Today the House of Representatives clearly and loudly rejected the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel. Republicans voted nearly unanimously on this issue, while far too many Democrats voted in support of BDS. The Republican Jewish Coalition released the following statement:

The BDS movement is anti-Semitism by another name, because it denies the right of the Jewish people to self-determination in their homeland. Today the American people's voices have been heard as our elected leaders in Congress asserted that the BDS movement has no place in these United States. Shamefully, sixteen Democrats and one Republican, Thomas Massie (KY-4), voted against H.Res. 246, embracing the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic elements of the Democratic Party’s left-wing base. Make no mistake, anti-Zionism, especially in the Democratic Party, goes beyond four freshman members; today an additional thirteen anti-Zionists were exposed.

Special recognition should be paid to Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY), who pushed hard for H.Res 246 and won this critical battle. Now the House must vote on and pass its version of S.1, a stronger anti-BDS bill that passed the Senate with bipartisan support. Our Middle East allies are depending on our support, and we cannot achieve peace without empowering our friends.

 

Background:

Text of the resolution

The nay votes:

House Democrats who voted against the anti-BDS resolution
Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota
Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona
Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin
Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey
Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon
Rep. Barbara Lee of California
Rep. Jesús G. "Chuy" García of Illinois
Rep. Debbie Dingell of Michigan
Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York
Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan
Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota
Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois
Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine
Rep Andre Carson of Indiana


House Republican who voted against the anti-BDS resolution
Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky