Brady Stands Against Anti-Semitism
by Kevin Brady on May 16, 2019 at 12:32 PM
Yesterday I released the following statement after signing the discharge petition on H.R. 336, the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019:
The BDS movement wages economic war against our friend and ally Israel, as well as all people of Jewish faith. The recent anti-Semitic and anti-Israel rhetoric coming from some of my Democratic colleagues is not just hateful – it’s inexcusable. We will not stand by while elected officials refuse to denounce these hateful acts.
That’s why I signed the discharge petition to force a vote on anti-BDS legislation on the House floor. As members of Congress, we have a duty to stand against this type of hate, and fight for what is right.
Background: Yesterday, Representative Brian Mast (R-FL) filed a discharge petition on the House floor on H.R. 336, the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019. H.R. 336 fights the anti-Israel BDS movement by:
- Including the Combatting BDS Act of 2019, which will allow states and local governments to divest from entities that boycott Israel.
- Providing important protection for states and local governments that are acting to defend Israel, and stop BDS.
- Providing crucial assistance for Israel and Jordan and sanctioning those who enable Assad’s war crimes.
- Authorizing the $33b in military assistance pursuant to the 10-year US-Israel Memorandum of Understanding, enhancing security cooperation, and ensuring they maintain a military qualitative edge to defend itself from the daily threats and regimes that seek to destroy Israel.