Israel’s slow-motion ethnic cleansing in East Jerusalem continues, with dozens of Palestinian homes destroyed this week. The Israeli government, whose control of East Jerusalem is illegal in the first place, had the Orwellian audacity to declare Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem illegal. Meanwhile in Congress, the House voted to pass H.Res. 246, a resolution attacking the BDS campaign with distortions and flat-out fabrications. In more Orwellian audacity, the resolution condemned a campaign aiming to bring peace and justice to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict for allegedly being destructive of prospects for progress towards peace.” All in all, 22 House members had the courage to NOT support this ridiculous resolution (17 opposing and 5 abstaining). Some of them even slammed this resolution, from a powerful floor speech by Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib to a strongly-worded letter by Congresswoman Betty McCollum. But this isn’t just a time to express frustration (and, boy, are we all frustrated), this is a time to take action. Want to know what you can do to counteract this madness? Tell Congress to support H.Res.496,  a resolution introduced by Representatives Ilhan Omar, John Lewis, and Rashida Tlaib, affirming the First Amendment-protected right of all Americans to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad.

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