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Major Party Platforms Combat BDS


Juan Pablo Rivera Garza, Braindeis Blog

July 14, 2016
 

In a pair of positive steps, both the Democratic and Republican parties have inserted language in their party platforms that push against the forces of BDS.

The Democratic party, who last week completed their draft platform, explicitly state their opposition to BDS, “A strong and secure Israel is vital to the United States because we share overarching strategic interests and the common values of democracy, equality, tolerance, and pluralism. That is why we will always support Israel’s right to defend itself, including by retaining its qualitative military edge, and oppose any effort to delegitimize Israel, including at the United Nations or through the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement.”

The Republican party, which is still in the process of finalizing their platform’s language, goes even further in attacking BDS, “We reject the false notion that Israel is an occupier, and specifically recognize that the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement (“BDS”) is anti-semitic in nature and seeks to destroy Israel. Therefore we call for effective legislation to thwart actions that are intended to limit commercial relations with Israel, or persons or entities doing business in Israel or in Israeli-controlled territories, in a discriminatory manner.”

Both parties have platform planks that address BDS in a smart and reasonable manner, further signifying the bipartisan nature of the fight against BDS.

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Professor Karen Eltis is a tenured faculty member at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa, Canada (Section de droit civil) and a Visiting Scholar and Associate Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School.
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