The U.S. and it's special ally Israel have always been very good at sharing "best worst practices" on a number of scores. Look at the TSA Spot program that was modeled off Israel's airport screening procedures or just internalize the fact that many police departments in the U.S. train with the Israeli military. But the shared hatred of the BDS movement and apparent love of travel bans have brought Israel and the U.S. even closer this week. Israel recently passed a law banning the entrance of foreigners who publicly support BDS into their county. It's no #MuslimBan, but it is clearly a ban on freedom of speech and there's no concept of how the government is even going to make this law work in practice. Despite a strong reaction from U.S. civil society, one Israeli lawmaker is looking to take the Israeli ban on foreigners even further by creating a database of all BDS activists in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Our brave State Department only whimpered a response that shyly acknowledged the U.S.'s "value" of freedom of expression. We will take a whimper since it's not like the U.S. hasn't tried to ban BDS and create blacklists of BDS supporters in its own legislative bodies. In fact, 16 states have passed laws that attack BDS and its supporters, many of which call for the creation of a blacklist of known proponents. The joint U.S.-Israel effort to snuff out BDS - which, at least in America, is a constitutionally protected form of political speech - is pulling no punches. It's just the latest in the democracy poison that the occupation has bred in both Israeli and American politics.

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