BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT FROM, AND SANCTIONS AGAINST ISRAEL.—The term “boycott, divestment from, and sanctions against Israel” means actions by states, non-member states of the United Nations, international organizations, or affiliated agencies of international organizations that are politically motivated and are intended to penalize or otherwise limit commercial relations specifically with Israel or persons doing business in Israel or in Israeli-controlled territories.
To discourage politically motivated actions to boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel and to seek the elimination of politically motivated non-tariff barriers on Israeli goods, services, or other commerce imposed on the State of Israel. H.R.1907 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
The Trans-Pacific Partnership bill passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by the President includes amendments against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
The new Trade Bill calls the BDS effort in Europe “commercial discrimination.” This was necessary to ensure that laws apply in 1949 Armistice Lines areas in Jerusalem, to protect a democratic ally of the U.S. from foreign governments unfair destructive economic efforts, and to protect American businesses operating in Israel. Another provision states the the boycott, divestment, and sanctioning of Israel by governments is contrary to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade principle of non-discrimination, the cornerstone of international trade law
The movement, Congressman Peter J. Roskam told The Jerusalem Post, is “a form of economic warfare aimed to cripple Israel’s economy and demonize its very existence.”
“These attacks not only threaten Israel, but commercial relations across the globe,” Roskam continued, asserting that his bill ensures “that American free trade partners never engage in this harmful and illegitimate political protest against Israel, while also protecting US companies from foreign lawsuits targeting their associations with Israel.”
The White House continues it view of law enforcement as optional by ignoring the anti-bds amendments in the TPP bill. “The U.S. government has never defended or supported Israeli settlements and activity associated with them and, by extension, does not pursue policies or activities that would legitimize them,” said State Dept. spokesperson John Kirby. Continue reading “State Department Won’t Enforce Anti-BDS Amendment In New Trade Bill”