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More on the Israel Anti-Boycott Act

I wrote this in a response to my friend Jillian on Facebook, but figured it should be here as well. So, the Senate is considering a bill outlawing supporting any boycott movement against Israel and our senators, Schumer and Gillibrand, are both co-sponsors (plus it has a Democrat sponsor in the first place. Ugh.) Among other things, the bill prohibits US citizens from “supporting any boycott fostered or imposed by an international organization, or requesting imposition of any such boycott, against Israel.” It’s a bit hard to find, but the bill refers to 50 U.S. Code § 1705 for penalties and they include: A person who willfully commits, willfully attempts to commit, or willfully conspires to commit, or aids or abets in the commission of, an unlawful act described in subsection (a) shall, upon conviction, be fined not more than $1,000,000, or if a natural person, may be imprisoned for not more than 20 years, or both. Even if you disagree with the BDS movement (which I don’t), I would think this bill would appear monstrous! 20 years in prison for a political act! (And the bill explicitly refers to supporting a boycott as political. One would think they would…

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Post Formats

Just added Post Formats to my child theme. Maybe Clean Retina predates them? Or perhaps they reserve it for the pro version? In any case, I’m not using them for anything at the moment, but perhaps it will be useful for the future.

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What a Disaster!

So a ton of Democrats (including my Senators, Schumer & Gillibrand) are supporting the Israel Anti-Boycott Act. It’s a monstrosity. No matter how you feel about the BDS movement, punishing speech with up to 20 years in prison is about as Un-American as you can get. If your Senator is on this list, I urge you to contact them.

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