pindo-jewish liberals are a waste of oxygen

ACLU slams Israel lobby group’s backing for anti-BDS bill
Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, Aug 11 2017

The ADL has given its backing to the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, a bill that could impose large fines and long prison sentenceson those who boycott Israel. The legislation, already a key priority for AIPAC, has faced stiffer than usual resistance in Congress after the ACLU denounced it as an unconstitutional attack on free speech rights. Justifying the legislation, the ADL is claiming:

(The Act) is not intended to limit the First Amendment rights of US individuals and companies who want to criticize Israel or penalize those who want to refuse to do business with Israel based on their own personal convictions.

But the ACLU was quick to reject this assertion, tweeting:

In the face of growing opposition, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has withdrawn her sponsorship of the bill, while her Massachusetts colleague, the prominent progressive Elizabeth Warren, has said she won’t back it either. But despite the pushback, the unconstitutional measure is still garnering support. JVP, which has been campaigning against the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, sent out an action alert this week noting:

Illinois congressman Bobby Rush has signed on as a co-sponsor of the bill. Rush, a member of the SNCC and the Black Panther Party during the civil rights movement, has supported Palestinian human rights in the past, most recently signing on to a congressional letter in support of Palestinian human rights defender Issa Amro. He’s better than this.

The bill currently has 252 House sponsors and 48 in the Senate. Notably, the ADL was, the co-author of a secret report leaked to EI earlier this year that concedes the failure of Israel lobby groups to counter the Palestine solidarity movement, despite vastly increasing their spending. The report outlines Israel’s inability to stem the “impressive growth” and “significant successes” of the BDS movement. It even cautions that legislation violating the free speech of BDS activists would cost Israel further support. By endorsing the bill, the ADL is ignoring its own warning.

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