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Fri Feb 7, 2014, 01:09 PM

Illinois congressmen submit anti-boycott bill

Source: Times of Israel

WASHINGTON — Only one day after the New York state legislature withdrew a bill that sought to punish would-be participants in academic boycotts of Israel, two Illinois congressmen introduced a bipartisan bill that would block federal funding for American universities engaging in a boycott of Israeli academic institutions or scholars.

Representatives Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL) introduced the bipartisan Protect Academic Freedom Act (H.R. 4009) in response to what the legislators see as “the growing threat of unjustified boycotts against the Jewish State of Israel.” The bill’s sponsors cited the December decision by the American Studies Association (ASA) to support an academic boycott as impetus for the legislation.

In a statement released Thursday, the sponsors said that the measure was designed “to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund bigoted attacks against Israel that undermine the fundamental principles of academic freedom.”

“This bipartisan legislation seeks to preserve academic freedom and combat bigotry by shielding Israel from unjust boycotts. It is ludicrous for critics to go after our democratic friend and ally Israel when they should be focusing on the evils perpetrated by repressive, authoritarian regimes like Iran and North Korea,” said Congressman Roskam, the co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus.

Read more: http://www.timesofisrael.com/illinois-congressmen-submit-anti-boycott-bill/



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Jesus Malverde Feb 2014 OP
truebrit71 Feb 2014 #1
Scuba Feb 2014 #4
Jesus Malverde Feb 2014 #2
atreides1 Feb 2014 #3
Scuba Feb 2014 #5
Jesus Malverde Feb 2014 #6
another_liberal Feb 2014 #7
SoapBox Feb 2014 #8
dbackjon Feb 2014 #9

Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Fri Feb 7, 2014, 01:14 PM

1. Pete Roskam is welcome to kiss my ass...

 

...he is supposed to be representing the people of his district in Illinois, NOT the citizens of Israel..

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Response to truebrit71 (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 7, 2014, 01:20 PM

4. +1

 

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Fri Feb 7, 2014, 01:15 PM

2. A campaign that is gathering weight

ONCE derided as the scheming of crackpots, the campaign for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel, widely known as BDS, is turning mainstream. That, at any rate, is the fear of a growing number of Israelis. Some European pension funds have withdrawn investments; some large corporations have cancelled contracts; and the American secretary of state, John Kerry, rarely misses a chance to warn Israel that efforts to “delegitimise” and boycott it will increase if its government spurns his efforts to conclude a two-state settlement of its conflict with the Palestinians. Israel, says Yair Lapid, Israel’s foreign minister, is approaching the same “tipping point” where South Africa found itself in opposition to the rest of the world in the dying days of apartheid. “Let’s not kid ourselves,” he told a conference of security boffins recently in Tel Aviv. “The world listens to us less and less.”

BDS has begun to grab the attention of some of the world’s largest financial institutions. PGGM, a big Dutch pension fund, has liquidated its holdings in five Israeli banks (though the Netherlands’ largest has affirmed its investments). Norway’s finance ministry has announced that it is excluding Africa Israel Investments and its subsidiary, Danya Cebus, a big building firm, from a government pension fund.

The campaign is drawing support from beyond northern Europe. Romania has forbidden its citizens from working for companies in the West Bank. More churches are backing BDS. An American academic association is boycotting Israeli lecturers. The debate turned viral after Scarlett Johansson, a Hollywood actor, quit her role as ambassador for Oxfam, a charity based in Britain, in order to keep her advertising contract with SodaStream, an Israeli drinks firm with a plant on the West Bank.

Mr Lapid, who favours a two-state solution, reels out figures to show how sanctions could hit every Israeli pocket. “If negotiations with the Palestinians stall or blow up and we enter the reality of a European boycott, even a very partial one,” he warned, 10,000 Israelis would “immediately” lose their jobs. Trade with the European Union, a third of Israel’s total, would slump—he calculates—by $5.7 billion.

http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21595948-israels-politicians-sound-rattled-campaign-isolate-their-country

Money talks....

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Fri Feb 7, 2014, 01:18 PM

3. I'm a little confused

Are any American universities conducting business or engaging academically with Iran or North Korea?

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Fri Feb 7, 2014, 01:21 PM

5. “This bipartisan legislation seeks to preserve academic freedom and combat bigotry by ..."

 

Um, by limiting academic freedom and protecting bigotry???? Huh?

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Fri Feb 7, 2014, 01:22 PM

6. Boycotting Israel and the First Amendment

Common sense, and maybe a renewed appreciation for first principles, seems to be stymying dangerous legislation that would undermine free speech in a misguided attempt to appear pro-Israel.

On Friday, BuzzFeed, quoting a pro-Israel Democratic strategist, reported that two major Jewish groups – the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the Anti-Defamation League – are not planning to back a bill in Congress that would withhold federal funding from American academic entities that boycott Israel.

“There’s no way they’ll say they support it,” the strategist reportedly said. We hope he is right.

The bill was introduced by two Illinois congressmen, Republican Peter Roskam and Democrat Dan Lipinski, in retaliation against the American Studies Association and other groups that support a call by Palestinians to boycott Israeli academic institutions.


A similar anti-boycott bill, introduced by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, was on a fast-track in the New York State Legislature until it was abruptly withdrawn this week after outraged educators and legal groups denounced it as an assault on academic freedom.

The turnabout has been described by some as a political earthquake in Albany since Mr. Silver’s bills are almost always adopted and this one had already passed the state senate on a vote of 56 to 4.

Perhaps this is a sign that supporters of Israel are coming to understand that such legislation would do nothing to enhance Israel’s security or protect it from having to compromise on a peace deal. The legislation would, on the other hand, weaken America and its bedrock commitment to free speech and peaceful political dissent.


http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/07/boycotting-israel-and-the-first-amendment/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Fri Feb 7, 2014, 01:22 PM

7. Calling all lackeys! Calling all lackeys!

 

The really funny part of this is that such efforts to stifle free speech among academics will only make the calls for a boycott against Israel louder. The time for neo-apartheid and land-stealing without consequences is long past. Better get on the right side of history quick.

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Fri Feb 7, 2014, 01:53 PM

8. W...T...F?

This stuff is bullshit.

Screw Israel...fucking whiners.

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Fri Feb 7, 2014, 03:38 PM

9. How about the evil in Russia, Nigeria, Uganda, Alabama?

How about cutting off funding to bigot factories like Liberty Univ?

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