Posted by Kristin McCarthy on May 28, 2015 in Blog

TakeAction.jpgThe U.S. Congress is close to passing a two-sentence amendment to a Senate trade bill, and a similar one attached to a House customs bill, that will entirely change the U.S.’s policy in regards to Israel and its settlements. 

The amendments (offered by Senator Cardin and Representative Roskam) are framed as a righteous slap on the hand of the European countries participating in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS). But in truth, they erase the Green Line completely by conflating the Israel and its illegal settlements. When first considered the amendment was heatedly debated because it will in fact limit our trade relations with any country participating in BDS. But the most controversial part regarding the phrase “Israel and Israeli controlled territories” went without debate. It will be the first time in U.S. law conflates Israel and the settlements.

 Join AAI’s campaign to tell Members of Congress that these amendment are an unprecedented shift away from U.S. policy that clearly differentiates between Israel and its settlements, and an incredibly impactful policy restricting and complicating U.S. business interests.

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