Ocasio-Cortez: Anti-BDS Bill ‘Forces’ Anti-Israel Terrorism
Lawmaker suggests non-binding resolution could ignite terror
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) said on Tuesday that a non-binding resolution that opposes boycotts of Israel would “force” Jewish state to 'critics' to commit terrorism.
Ocasio-Cortez voted against the bill after voicing opposition to the anti-Israel “boycott, divestment, sanctions” (BDS) movement.
The BDS is considered by some to be antisemitic because it targets the Jewish state while ignoring Palestinian terrorism.
CNN described the vote as “divisive” — in deference to progressive Democrats who attempted to prevent part leaders from putting them on record regarding the issue, even though the tally was 398-17.
Of the four “Squad” members, three voted against the non-binding resolution, including Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
Both AOC and Tlaib recently compared Israel to Nazi Germany.
But Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) voted in favor.
Ocasio-Cortez told Buzzfeed:
"My concern with being overly punitive on nonviolent forms of protest is that it forces people into other channels and I would hate to be a part of, you know, paving that kind of path.”
House approves resolution opposing Israel boycott movement in divisive vote https://t.co/avhvPJfK8A— CNN (@CNN) July 24, 2019
But the lawmaker seemingly did not consider the legality of the boycotts, that other forms of non-violent protest would still be available, and that Palestinians could negotiate with Israel for peace and bypass terrorism.
Last week, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar proposed a resolution supporting the right to boycott Israel as she compared the Jewish state to boycotts of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
The Democrat's resolution looks to push back against U.S. laws banning the boycott of Israel while supporting the right of Americans to organize boycotts of foreign countries.
Though the resolution does not name Israel or the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, she states that the resolution concerns the Jewish state.
"And it is an opportunity for us to explain why it is we support a nonviolent movement, which is the BDS movement."