October 22, 2019

House Foreign Affairs Committee Unanimously Passes Anti-BDS Resolution

The House Foreign Affairs Committee passed an anti-Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) resolution unanimously on July 17.

The resolution, House Resolution 246, condemns the BDS movement for engaging in “efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel” and undermining prospects of peace with its opposition to a two-state solution.

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), one of the co-sponsors of the resolution, tweeted:

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) similarly said in a July 18 statement that the committee’s passage of the resolution is a “testament” to the “overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress for strengthening our relationship with our vital ally Israel.”

“I’m looking forward to this measure being brought to a vote on the House floor, to emphasize the broad support for a two-state solution and for combating bias and anti-Semitism,” Gottheimer added.

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt praised the resolution’s passage in a July 17 statement.

“We are pleased that the vast majority of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are affirming their opposition to efforts to delegitimize Israel, especially the boycott movement targeting Israel, while supporting a pathway to peace,” Greenblatt said. “This constitutionally sound resolution protects the right to speak out freely against BDS, while not impinging on the free speech rights of those with other views.”

The resolution’s passage comes after Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced a resolution celebrating the right to boycott as the impetus for supporting BDS. Zeldin criticized Omar pro-BDS statements: