Bill Speech Critical Of Israel a Felony

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The latest evidence of that slavishness comes in the form of growing support among Democrats in both Houses for legislation sponsored by Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) and co-sponsored by Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer that would make it a felony for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel, commonly known as BDS. Anyone guilty of violating the prohibitions will face a minimum civil penalty of $250,000 and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison.

 

According to the ACLU, the Cardin legislation would “bar U.S. persons from supporting boycotts against Israel, including its settlements in the Palestinian Occupied Territories (emphasis mine) conducted by international governmental organizations, such as the United Nations and the European Union. It would also… include penalties for simply requesting information about such boycotts. Violations would be subject to a minimum civil penalty of $250,000 and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison…This bill would impose civil and criminal punishment on individuals solely because of their political beliefs about Israel and its policies.”

 

Pretty amazing. Why would anyone support such a law? Yes, lots of people (including me) oppose boycotting Israel (although I certainly support boycotting the settlements) but how is it even possible to criminalize simply supporting a boycott to protest the occupation? After all, we boycott states and municipalities here at home to protest discrimination based on race, sexual identity or anything else. Most recently, the state of North Carolina was faced with a boycott to protest its policy against allowing transgender people to use public bathrooms. How can it be legal to refuse to do business with North Carolina but illegal to refuse to do business with Israeli settlements?

The answer is simple: AIPAC, which is the lobby few Democrats (let alone Republicans) are willing to cross. Here is its “Call to Action” sent to every member of the House and Senate telling them, in no uncertain terms, that the Cardin bill is a top priority of the lobby. As for Cardin, it is no surprise that he is the lead sponsor of the bill (1) because he never, if ever, deviates from doing what the Israeli government wants and (2) he is one of the top recipients of campaign contributions from AIPAC officers and associated donors. The same can be said of Schumer who has always carried water for the lobby. (Both senators opposed President Obama’s bill to end sanctions on Iran in exchange for its terminating its nuclear weapons program.)

 

Am I being unfair to ascribe such venal motives to those Democrats who support this bill? (I don’t mention Republicans because their support for it comports completely with their worldviews which is not the case with the Democrats). I don’t think so because every single Democrat supporting this anti-free speech bill consistently opposes limits on free speech. Their support for this bill represents the only time they promoted legislation to curtail free speech. I cannot imagine any reason for this egregious offense against the First Amendment except to please AIPAC and their AIPAC associated donors.

Fortunately, this legislation can still be stopped. Here are lists of the Senate and House Democrats who are co-sponsoring this abominable bill. Let them know of your opposition. Just as important, if your legislator is not yet a co-sponsor, let him or her know that he or she better not become one.

 

Many years ago, the #2 man at AIPAC, Steve Rosen (later indicted under the Espionage Act of 1917 wrote me the following about AIPAC’s activities: “A lobby is a night flower. It thrives in the dark and dies in the sun.”

 

The same applies to those in Congress who, disregarding their constituents, take their marching orders from AIPAC. It’s time to shine some sunlight on them.

The First Amendment does not include an exception stating “does not apply to speech about Israel or its settlements.” We can’t allow a lobby and its Congressional cutouts to insert one. But, believe me, that is their goal and going after BDS supporters is just the beginning.

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4 thoughts on “Bill Speech Critical Of Israel a Felony”

  1. Was this the bill a year ago that was passed by the House and narrowly defeated by the Senate. The ACLU sent out letters to all the senators to not approve it but it was surprising close. A point that our representatives are for sale. This was close and it represents how we need to outlaw people with dual citizenship to represent us in our government. From what I know no other country allows dual citizens. We need a law prohibiting it. This is a classic example why. But for so many more reasons that would be used to repress Americans like Zionist are repressing Palestinians, and Gaza, Had an encounter with a veterinarian who was clearly prejudice against me, and he and his associates talked to me as I have seen Palestinians addressed. They did nothing for my dog and in fact prescribed treatments that could harm him. When I tried to return the medication I was treated with insults about how glad they were I was no longer a practicing nurse, and addressed my age. They were the incompetent ones and were greedily holding onto money they did not deserve to keep. I got nothing from them, no diagnosis nor any proper treatment. In fact the medication was dangerous for his eyes and could have caused his orbit to collapse. But he spoke to me in such a way I could not help but feel that they already believe they are now in control here. We would find that very unsuitable. People who live their lives believing they are special over a life long lie told to them by their mothers, and cannot be convinced by DNA studies that are contrary to their beliefs. Therefore they want laws that will keep people from spreading the truth. Like all the revisionists to history and only those who research the Holocaust are punished in jail for printing their findings. No one disputes the new facts of slavery, or the civil war, the treatment of the natives and all aspects of history. But you would be locked up for the rest of your life. Thank you for the article and please keep them coming and arrange for someone to keep them going in case you are unable for any reason. We do not want to lose the truth. Some sort of historical society should be reviewing this and protecting it for the future, as they are burying books like The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion and it is now hard to find, and on page 5 or 6 of Google. Bible Believers still prints it for those who want to read it and print it out. It used to hold an immediate death sentence to be found with a copy And it is going according to plan. That is the frightening part. We must let the world know that the jews declared war on Gerrmany and were breaking their economy and was why they were placed in camps.They were trying to take over their country. The treatment of the jews in Auschwitz is testified by Ursela Haverbeck who has many videos and interviews on YouTube. She at age 86 has been sentenced to prison for testifying for a officer who was at her camp and she said the charges just did not happen. For her support for him, at his prosecution at 94 years of age, got her a prison sentence.She has been appealing it but am not certain if she is still free. She need much support. Merkel like to milk Germany of guilt money because she is a jew and the daughter of Hitler. What a conflict that must be but she sustains the law that make revision of the Holocaust a crime. The Germans have carried the guilt and paid dearly with their tax dollars given to the jews in Israel. They should not be carrying that shame as the larger part of that story is a hoax, as attested to by Ursela Haverbeck.

  2. It was hard for me to post my comment as it kept taking me to Facebook to post my comment and to use my old account or open a new account. Never posting on that repressed site again. I finally figured out how to post, but wonder if others could also want to post but not under Facebook’s nose. They would remove my comment and charge me with some inappropriate act and put me on a list.

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