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House Dems unveil measure to reject anti-Israel boycotts
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), who are both Jewish, unveiled a measure that opposes the boycott, divest and sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel and reaffirms support for a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict.

The resolution's introduction comes days before the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington that starts this weekend, where multiple top Democratic leaders are expected to speak.
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The Senate previously passed legislation in February that would allow states to penalize businesses that take part in boycotts or divestments of Israel. But some Democrats, including freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), opposed the measure due to concerns about free speech.
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) are all slated to speak at this year's annual AIPAC conference, which begins Sunday. ...Several 2020 Democratic contenders have said they will not attend the conference this year, including Sanders, Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas).

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is also expected to speak at the AIPAC conference and meet with President Trump at the White House early next week. Netanyahu's visit will come ahead of the Israeli elections in early April.

TITLE IV. Combating BDS Act of 2019 in S.1 (Rubio) - Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019

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by Cat on Fri Mar 22nd, 2019 at 12:18:22 AM EST
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