Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, has welcomed the Combating BDS Act of 2019, as part of a larger U.S. Senate bill that affirms the right of American states to enact laws that would prevent contacts or investments in companies that boycott Israel.
“The U.S. Congress is again at the forefront of the effort to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship,” Danon said in a statement issued Tuesday night.
“This legislation is another tool in the important campaign to stop the BDS movement, which, in the clearest expression of modern anti-Semitism, demonizes and singles out the world’s only Jewish state.
“The time has come to boycott the boycotters and prove to the BDS supporters that their lies will pay a heavy price.
“We expect other countries to join the U.S. in standing against anti-Israeli activity on all fronts in the campaign to expose the truth.”
Despite heavy support for the bill on both sides of the aisle, however, the measure had its detractors, including the very vocal new freshman U.S. Congresswoman from Detroit, Rashida Tlaib. The new lawmaker proudly supports the BDS campaign against Israel and displays a map of the Middle East on the wall of her new office that blots out the State of Israel with a post-it note renaming the Jewish State, “Palestine.”