Rashida Tlaib Hits Back At Marco Rubio In BDS Twitter Feud
Jan 09 2019
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Monday accused democratic socialist members of Congress of lying about a Middle East security bill he's sponsored in the Senate and repeating anti-Semitic lines in defense of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. It included measures supporting Israel and Jordan and slapping sanctions on Syrians involved in war crimes at a time of growing unease in Congress over the Trump administration's shifts in the region.
But opponents of the boycott movement, which includes the Israeli government and powerful Democratic and Republican lawmakers, have characterized it as an anti-Semitic campaign to undermine Israel's legitimacy.
For now, the package will nearly certainly stall.
The Kentucky legislator said last week that the Senate would not discuss any bill to end the shutdown that Trump would not sign. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced he would oppose passing the bill and even Sen.
Most of the provisions in the legislation enjoy broad bipartisan support in the Senate. A number of influential Senate Democrats, including Sens.
"They forgot what country they represent", Tlaib, a Palestinian-American who made history last week by becoming one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress, tweeted of the bill's supporters.
"Maybe a refresher on our U.S. Constitution is in order, then get back to opening up our government instead of taking our rights away" the freshman congresswoman remarked.
The Israel boycott movement, which has been gaining strength on USA college campuses, is modeled on the 1980s campaign to force universities and other institutions to divest in entities that favor South Africa's apartheid government. That has led to a "boycott of the boycotts" as Israel pushes back against those aligned with BDS.
The bill itself allows state and local governments to stop doing business with companies that boycott Israel, in much the same way state and local governments have authority to stop doing business with companies that engage in racial discrimination.
Smith also questioned Trump's pronouncement the US should cut its military losses and withdraw from Syria - which Trump reversed after a GOP backlash and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned in protest.
Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) with lying about his legislation, saying it didn't punish political activity but rather protected the rights of local and state governments to boycott BDS participants.
McConnell has insisted that only government funding legislation that could secure the signature of President Donald Trump would be getting time for floor consideration, and on Tuesday he decried the Democrats for threatening to halt a foreign policy package that more than 60 senators would most likely support on the merits. "Let's get our priorities right".
"The shutdown is not the reason Senate Democrats don't want to move to Middle East Security Bill", Rubio wrote "A huge argument broke out at Senate Dem meeting last week over BDS".
Both sides are squaring off ahead of Tuesday's votes.
The Anti-Defamation League and other American Jewish groups also condemned Tlaib's remarks.
Critics have charged that the bill amounts to an unconstitutional First Amendment violation, because it involves an impermissible government punishment of speech based on its content. One of the measures protects states that pass anti-BDS bills, including those that ban work with contractors who boycott Israel, from lawsuits.
This week's action in the House will be coupled by a new Democratic strategy in the Senate, where Democrats were coalescing behind a plan to block any legislation on the floor that doesn't reopen the federal government.