Anti-BDS bill in US Congress: Criminalizing Free Speech

Bills introduced in the US Congress seek to criminalise support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movements, calling to pressure Israel to end abuses of Palestinians’ human rights.

The Senate bill, Israel Anti-Boycott Act was introduced in the US Senate by Democratic Senator from Maryland Benjamin Cardin on 23 March 2017. The bill’s number of cosponsors has been rising steadily since then, reaching 46 currently; 32 Republican and 14 Democratic Senators, which constitutes close to half the Senate.

A similar bill, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act was also introduced in the US House of Representatives on the same day by Peter Roskam, Republican Representative of Illinois’s 6th District. The House bill has 249 cosponsors; 185 Republicans and 64 Democrats, constituting close to 60 percent of the House.
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