One of the most fundamental rights in a nation logically consistent in crying freedom is the ability to boycott — a company, entity, church, or, in the case of the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction Movement against Israel, an entire nation — in protest of perceived transgressions to force through the wallet reforms which might not otherwise be accomplished.

Boycotts have indeed managed the seemingly impossible — SeaWorld, for example, ultimately had to shutter its orca captivity and breeding programs after the documentary, Blackfish, depicting horrendous, inhumane conditions, jerked heartstrings and ignited a backlash boycott, sending profits to the brink of an abyss.

Now, an alarmingly large group of politicians seek to strip American citizens of the right to this highly-effective method of protest — only when employed against the nation of Israel — with violators facing decades behind bars and stiff financial penalties.

New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand join 41 other members of Congress championing proposed legislation, which would make literal criminals of any Americans boycotting Israel — a brazen, if not explicit, attack on the BDS Movement, incidentally exploding in popularity worldwide as the belligerent nation continues its occupation of Palestinian lands.

Laying down the irrational, inflammatory gauntlet before the Senate this week, Schumer opined,

“Anti-Zionism, unfortunately, continues to bubble up in many different forms. There is perhaps no greater example than the pernicious effort to delegitimize Israel through boycotts, divestment, and sanctions. The BDS movement is a deeply biased campaign that I would say, in similar words to Mr. Macron, is a ‘reinvented form of anti-Semitism’ because it seeks to impose boycotts on Israel and not on any other nation.”

But critics of BDS should absolutely take heed — it is the First Amendment, not political views on Israel, at the crux of this dangerous legislation.

“Under the terms of the bill, a pair of U.S. laws that prohibit U.S. citizens from supporting a boycott request from a foreign government against an ally of the United States would be updated to specifically prohibit Americans from supporting international boycott efforts against Israel,” reports the Gothamist.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union — which immediately castigated the bill for further shredding the First Amendment — violators “would be subject to a minimum civil penalty of $250,000 and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison.”

Despite clarifying it “takes no position for or against the effort to boycott Israel or any foreign country,” the ACLU implored, “The impacts of the legislation would be antithetical to free speech protections enshrined in the First Amendment and we urged members to oppose the legislation in the absence of significant revisions.”

Worse, “it would punish individuals for no reason other than their political beliefs” — a footnote critics of BDS would do well to heed in determining their own position on the proposed legislation or others similar. To enact law punitive of one’s political adversaries is to invite they do the same — or, more accurately, proves to the State rights can be erased if packaged appropriately.

Ire over Israel’s enactment of what has consistently been deemed by academia and analysis a brutal apartheid — mirroring human rights abuses, atrocities, and blatant injustices of the South African regime responsible for the political detainment of Nelson Mandela — bolsters the numbers of BDS adherents in the U.S. and elsewhere.

“The state of Israel maintains a military occupation of territories that were assigned to Palestinians by international law. Palestinian residents of the occupied West Bank are subjected to the discriminatory rule of a foreign army, while their Israeli neighbors enjoy the full rights of citizenship,” writes Eric Levitz for the Daily Intelligencer.

Make no mistake, this bill came to the fruition as Israel’s appalling persecution of Palestinians on their land has increasingly become the subject of protest by activists and advocates — who turn to the successful BDS campaign as a legitimate, nonviolent means to convey the message.

Pro-Israel fervor in the United States Congress usually bears the hallmarks of AIPAC — the infamous lobbying group — and this bill is no exception.

Indeed, as The Intercept noted, it appears an embarrassing number of the bill’s signatories did so simply for its AIPAC seal-of-approval (making felons of Americans choosing to protest a foreign nation through refusing business serves who, exactly?), rather than taking time to actually read the draft.

However this monstrosity gained congressional popularity, it must be loudly quashed and relegated to the dustbin of rights-crushing, ill-conceived ideas — which is the snuggest-fitting definition of the Anti-Boycott Israel bill.

“[T]he bill would punish businesses and individuals based solely on their point of view,” the outraged ACLU admonished. “Such a penalty is in direct violation of the First Amendment.”

Such a penalty sadly also seems a typical evisceration of freedom in this corrupt and encroaching authoritarian State.

Claire Bernish began writing as an independent, investigative journalist in 2015, with works published and republished around the world. Not one to hold back, Claire’s particular areas of interest include U.S. foreign policy, analysis of international affairs, and everything pertaining to transparency and thwarting censorship. To keep up with the latest uncensored news, follow her on Facebook or Twitter: @Subversive_Pen.


  1. Feels like they are rubbing our noses in the fact that they ‘secretly’ now ‘own’ us, & most of us are probably going to eventually be regarded & treated like ‘Palestinians’…..
    (come to think of it, for quite some time, we have been sliding that way, quite steadily)….

  2. If the Zionist really want to see antisemitism take root in the US, let the first person be jailed over boycotting Israel. There won’t be a single synagogue that’s not reduced to ashes.maybe more than that too.

  3. Shumer and Gillibrand should be ashamed of themselves for putting forth such hideous legislation. Fascism rears it’s head and bubbles up in many forms and from people you’d think would know better!

    • 31 Republican senators are, like Schumer and Gillibrand, cosponsors. Why don’ you call them out? Cruz, Cotton, Portman, Sasse, etc. Were you too stupid or too lazy to go see who all of the cosponsors are? There’s even a handy dandy link in case you couldn’t be bothered to look it up yourself.

  4. Schumer and Gillibrand need to hurry over to the local tailor to be fitted for their SS uniforms with the insignia turned around. They’re reverse Nazis.

    • What about Cotton or Cruz? Are Rubio and Sasse also “reverse Nazis”? They are all cosponsors of the bill but yet you failed to call them names. Wonder why.

        • Yet you only mentioned the Dems. Were you too lazy to find out who else sponsored it or too dumb?
          And what is a reverse Nazi anyway? Someone who takes people out of concentration camps? Good lord, the people on this site are morons.

          • I don’t pay attention to their stupid Ds and Rs, and it’s frankly pathetic that you still do. They’re nearly all criminals, regardless of party affiliation. And if you’re too stupid to understand the reference, it’s not my problem.

          • Sure you don’t. And you didn’t answer the question. Too lazy or too stupid? Choice is yours.

  5. The beast of molock has restored the sacrifices. It is called circumcision, and the flesh is burned to MLK (Molock).
    It is going to get worse, already the truth cannot be told. The fact that a group of rabbis about 1000 years ago changed the talmud from MLK to YHWH then insisted that not one jot or tittle could be changed. No one will publish the truth. A circle of freethinkers in the 1800s were good friends until one zionist in the group brought charges against one of the others for being anti-semitic; it was illegal in Germany in the 1800s to be anti-semitic (which is not bad) but when it is stretched to covering up the truth as discovered from anthropology that the scriptures are a fake–that is a crime against humanity as much as destroying historical sites, or other protected places. This group will stop at nothing, and no record of their oppression and tyrrany will ever be allowed to be compiled or published.
    The Zionists deliberately plotted to cleanse the jewish race of what they considered contamination, and with political and financial pressure caused it to happen to all the innocent jews and semites. [You don’t believe this? Consider that now Israel refuses to recognize jewish organizations that are not recognized by them, or people who are not pure blooded enough to be jewish. Consider that the number of Jews in the world is counted according to their estimate of what a jew is, and American jewish organizations ARE NOT. Consider that some jews are so afraid of the Zionists that they continue to practice judeism thru secular judeaism–which, btw, was started by Zionists when they were labled as equally racist to the nazis and internationally outlawed, in the 1970s.]

    For crying out loud, people, the only reason circumcision was forced upon this country and Britain was to sacrifice children to their false god, and our goverment went along with it as though it was normal to sell out the people of your own country for money. It was for money.


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