Senators Respond to ACLU Letter, Deny Bill Will Criminalize Boycotting Israel

Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) deny the bill they are sponsoring in the Senate, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, will impose criminal penalties for participating in a boycott of Israel

Sen. Ben Cardin, who introduced the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, and Sen. Rob Portman, a co-sponsor of the bill, have responded to a letter published by the ACLU. Specifically the two lawmakers say they want to “correct some fundamental misunderstandings about the bill.”

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From the Heart to the Mouth: Jesus’ Views on the Talmud

Perversity, Stupidity and Blind Guides

By Richard Edmondson

I came across the above picture several days ago. It is of Nur Hamdan, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy who lost his eye earlier this month after being shot by Israeli police. According to news reports, Nur was standing on the balcony of his East Jerusalem home along with his mother and a cousin when he was hit by a “sponge-tipped bullet.”

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Sen. Bill Would Criminalize BDS, Impose Prison Terms; ACLU Publishes Letter in Opposition

Senators Kristen Gillibrand and Charles Schumer of New York are among the co-sponsors of a bill calling for criminal penalties for US citizens supporting a boycott of Israel.

“We write today in opposition to S. 720, also known as the Israel Anti-Boycott Act. We understand that proponents of the bill are seeking additional co-sponsors. We urge you to refrain from co-sponsoring the legislation because it would punish individuals for no reason other than their political beliefs.”

So reads the opening paragraph of a letter published on Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

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The Kurds: Washington’s Weapon of Mass Destabilization

What are we to think of the Kurds–often portrayed by mainstream media as gallant freedom fighters, with lots of cute girls fighting in their ranks? Ah, but now we see that by and large they have cast their lot with the US in its efforts at regime change in Syria. This de facto places the Kurds in what would seem to be some very atrocious alliances, including with Israel, the Saudis, and, yes…ISIS.

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Self-Flagellation: The Mennonite Church’s Resolution on Israel is Mixed Bag

At its convention in Orlando, Florida earlier this month, the Mennonite Church USA adopted a resolution to divest from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestine. When I first heard the news, I thought it most welcomed, particularly since the measure passed by an overwhelming majority, and also because it came so close on the heels of a similar resolution passed by the United Church of Christ earlier that same week.

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Nasrallah: The US Created ISIS

“The victory in Mosul is major. It’s as clear as the sun that the Obama administration established ISIS, and there is proof of this within the American government.”

–Hasan Nasrallah

The above quote from Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah is taken from an Israeli website here. The report concerns a speech Nasrallah gave on Tuesday in which he praised Iraqi forces for their liberation of the city of Mosul. You can read more about the speech at Al Manar and at Press TV (h/t summitflyer).

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