Several high profile Democrats have pulled their support from Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, who proposed a resolution that would reintroduce the right to boycott Israel, according to Fox News.
“High-profile Democrats are decrying a controversial resolution from Rep. Ilhan Omar affirming the right to boycott Israel, even as they rally behind her and three other first-term congresswomen attacked by President Trump,” Fox reported.
“Omar, D-Minn., proposed the resolution earlier this week in a bid to push back against U.S. laws banning the Israel boycotts. The text of the measure affirms the right of Americans to organize boycotts of foreign countries.”
The resolution, which didn’t name Israel by name, was however sponsored by Omar, who has shared her concern about Israel in the past.
“We are introducing a resolution … to really speak about the American values that support and believe in our ability to exercise our First Amendment rights in regard to boycotting,” Omar told reporters, according to Fox News.
California representative and fellow Democrat Brad Sherman, who is one of the senior Jewish lawmakers in the House of Representatives told reporters that the resolution isn’t a serious one.
“I can’t imagine that any committee is going to mark up or take seriously any pro-BDS resolution,” Sherman said.
“Am I worried about the overall BDS movement worldwide as an economic matter? No. As an effort to delegitimize Israel, of course. The comments here today are a tiny part of that delegitimizing effort.”
Omar’s effort is co-sponsored by Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and John Lewis, D-Ga., and affirms the right of Americans to boycott as part of free speech and cites examples of boycott movements against Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
“Americans of conscience have a proud history of participating in boycotts to advocate for human rights abroad including … boycotting Nazi Germany from March 1933 to October 1941 in response to the dehumanization of the Jewish people in the lead-up to the Holocaust,” Omar said in the resolution introduction.