The highly controversial and recently passed Trans-Pacific Partnership bill included an amendment that targets the boycott Israel movement.
The bill, passed on Wednesday by the U.S. Congress, contains an amendment that requires American negotiators to demand that boycotting Israeli products be refused in any trade discussions with the European Union, regardless of the fact such boycotts exist due to Israeli human rights abuses, war crimes and actively partaking in genocide against the Palestinian people.
The amendment is a stand against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and the trade bill was passed first with a majority House vote last week, and then a 60-38 vote in the Senate on Wednesday.
According to the Jerusalem Post, U.S. Republican Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the amendment’s goal is to protect “a principal negotiating objective that reinforces our opposition to official actions that boycott, penalize, or otherwise limit commercial relations with the State of Israel.”
Yet the boycotting of Israel is happening because the country is exterminating the Palestinian people. The United Nations and international rights groups have all independently confirmed the mass slaughter of innocent Palestinian women, children and civilians in addition to isolation measures designed to starve and weak its people to the point of extinction. Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has evenly openly advocated for the complete destruction of the nation of Palestine before backing away from the comments once he was elected.
In approving the bill with the amendment, Congress has effectively mandated that trading partners and businesses must do business with a regime actively participating in genocide and war crimes.