Threat to free speech: Unconstitutional S720/HR1697 will make it a felony to support anti-Israel boycott

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1791, states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
The criminalization of political speech and activism against Israel has become one of the gravest threats to free speech in the West:

  • In France, activists have been arrested and prosecuted for wearing T-shirts advocating a boycott of Israel.
  • The U.K. has also enacted a series of measures designed to outlaw such activism.
  • In the U.S., state governors have implemented regulations barring businesses from participating in any boycotts of Israeli settlements in Palestine. On college campuses, punishment of pro-Palestinian students for expressing criticisms of Israel is so commonplace that the Center for Constitutional Rights refers to it as “the Palestine Exception” to free speech.

Now there are two companion bills in Congress which will criminalize free speech by making it a felony to support any boycott of Israel, in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment that members of Congress have sworn to protect.

The bills are S.720 and its companion in the House, H.R. 1697, with an identical name, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act.

Here’s the text of S 720:

Israel Anti-Boycott Act

This bill declares that Congress: (1) opposes the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution of March 24, 2016, which urges countries to pressure companies to divest from, or break contracts with, Israel; and (2) encourages full implementation of the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 through enhanced, governmentwide, coordinated U.S.-Israel scientific and technological cooperation in civilian areas.

The bill amends the Export Administration Act of 1979 to declare that it shall be U.S. policy to oppose:

  • requests by foreign countries to impose restrictive practices or boycotts against other countries friendly to the United States or against U.S. persons; and
  • restrictive trade practices or boycotts fostered or imposed by an international governmental organization, or requests to impose such practices or boycotts, against Israel.

The bill prohibits U.S. persons engaged in interstate or foreign commerce from:

  • requesting the imposition of any boycott by a foreign country against a country which is friendly to the United States; or
  • supporting any boycott fostered or imposed by an international organization, or requesting imposition of any such boycott, against Israel.

The bill amends the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 to include as a reason for the Export-Import Bank to deny credit applications for the export of goods and services between the United States and foreign countries, opposition to policies and actions that are politically motivated and are intended to penalize or otherwise limit commercial relations specifically with citizens or residents of Israel, entities organized under the laws of Israel, or the Government of Israel.

S 720’s companion bill, HR 1697, is much longer. It explains that:

“For a half century, Congress has combated anti-Israel boycotts and other discriminatory activity under the Export Administration Act of 1979.”

HR 1697 also specifies the punishment for violating the Israel Anti-Boycott Act: a minimum civil penalty of $250,000, and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison:

Whoever knowingly violates or conspires to or attempts to violate any provision of section 8(a) [of the Export Administration act of 1979] or any regulation, order, or license issued thereunder shall be fined in accordance with section 206 of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1705).”

And what are those penalties? From 50 U.S.C. 1705:

“(b) Civil penalty

A civil penalty may be imposed on any person who commits an unlawful act described in subsection (a) in an amount not to exceed the greater of- (1) $250,000; or (2) an amount that is twice the amount of the transaction that is the basis of the violation with respect to which the penalty is imposed.

(c) Criminal penalty

A person who willfully commits, willfully attempts to commit, or willfully conspires to commit, or aids or abets in the commission of, an unlawful act described in subsection (a) shall, upon conviction, be fined not more than $1,000,000, or if a natural person, may be imprisoned for not more than 20 years, or both.”

Both bills have widespread bipartisan support:

(1) S 720 was introduced by Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) and has 45 co-sponsors:

  • 31 Republicans: John Boozman (AR), Richard Burr (NC), Shelley Moore Capito (WV), Bill Cassidy (LA), Susan Collins (ME), John Cornyn (TX), Tom Cotton (AR), Mike Crapo (IA), Ted Cruz (TX), Deb Fischer (NE), Lindsey Graham (SC), Chuck Grassley (IA), Orrin Hatch (UT), Dean Heller (NV), John Hoeven (ND), Johnny Isakson (GA), James Lankford (OK), Jerry Moran (KS), David Perdue (GA), Rob Portman (OH), Pat Roberts (KS), Marco Rubio (FL), Ben Sasse (NE), Tim Scott (SC), Luther Strange (AL), Dan Sullivan (AR), John Thune (SD), Thom Tillis (NC), Roger Wicker (MS), Todd Young (IN).
  • 14 Democrats: Michael Bennet (CO), Richard Blementhal (CT), Maria Cantwell (WA), Christopher Coons (DE), Joe Donnelly (IN), Joni Ernst (IA), Kristen Gillibrand (NY), Margaret Wood Hassan (NH), Joe Manchin (WV), Claire McCaskill (MO), Robert Menendez (NJ), Bill Nelson (FL), Gary Peters (MI), Charles Schumer (NY), Ron Wyden (OR).

(2) HR1697 was introduced by Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) and has 240 co-sponsors:

  • 177 Republicans
  • 63 Democrats

S 720 was referred to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on March 23, 2017. Its companion bill, HR 1697, was referred to the House Financial Services Committee also on March 23, 2017.

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports on July 20, 2017, that HR 1697/S 720 “was drafted with the assistance of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee” (AIPAC). Indeed, AIPAC’s 2017 lobbying agenda identifies passage of this bill as one of its top lobbying priorities for the year.

The two bills that will make it a felony if you support any boycott of Israel also have the support of the thoroughly-cucked Christians United for Israel.

Did you know that, according to a list compiled in 2012, there are 41 members of Congress (29 in the House; 12 in the Senate) who have dual US-Israeli citizenship, which means they have dual loyalties?

The above list is dated in that Barney Frank, Henry Waxman and Anthony Weiner are no longer representatives.

Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), 73, who introduced S720 and whose grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants, is on the above list. The family name was originally Kardonsky.

In 2015, Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), 55, who introduced HR 1697, wrote a letter to the New York Times condemning the paper for a graphic on members of Congress opposed to Obama’s Iran nuclear agreement, which initially identified Jewish lawmakers with a bold yellow highlight. Roskam, who opposed the nuclear deal, called the graphic “anti-Semitic” and that it “feeds the canard of dual loyalty that legitimizes prejudice toward Jews worldwide.”

What is needed is an updated list. Alas, as L. Michael Hager — co-founder and former director general of the International Development Law Organization, Rome — discovered, it is extremely difficult to identify members of Congress who hold dual citizenship and to ascertain the second nationality of those members.

In October 2014, Hagen filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Congressional Research Service (CRS) for the names of members of Congress with dual citizenship. In January 2015, he finally got a non-answer in a telephone call from a legal officer of the Library of Congress. After reminding Hagen that Congress and the CRS by extension are exempt from FOIA requests, the officer said CRS does not collect dual citizenship data.

Hagen writes:

“That’s bad news for those of us who believe that citizens should know if their representatives in Congress (and senior government officials and judges, for that matter) owe allegiance to any other nation….

Without transparency on dual citizenship, Americans remain in the dark, free to speculate on which representatives may have divided loyalties…. The lack of transparency is dangerous, for it erodes trust in government, creating credibility doubts where there should be none and allowing some conflicts to continue undetected, without question or debate.

Thus the first requirement is transparency. We need a government agency (presumably the CRS) or a non-governmental organization to disclose the names and non-U.S. national affiliations of Members of Congress and senior government officials and to track and report on this issue.

Secondly, we need more media attention to the subject of dual citizenship….

Beyond the threshold issue of transparency are equally important questions of whether a dual citizen elected to Congress or appointed to a senior USG position should be required to renounce his or her citizenship in the second nation. Even if American law continues to allow the government service of dual citizens, should it not require such persons at least to recuse themselves from participating in decisions or policy debates that relate to their second nationality?….

Conflicts of interest and apparent conflicts by public officials erode trust in government. Allowing dual citizenship in Congress (and in the Executive and Judicial Branches) to flourish under cover of non-disclosure puts our democracy at risk.

It’s time to bring this issue into open debate.”

To their credit, both the ACLU and MoveOn.org oppose S720/HR1697. In a letter urging senators to oppose the bill, the ACLU’s national political director Faiz Shakir wrote:

“We take no position for or against the effort to boycott Israel or any foreign country, for that matter. However, we do assert that the government cannot, consistent with the First Amendment, punish U.S. persons based solely on their expressed political beliefs.”

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~Eowyn

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30 responses to “Threat to free speech: Unconstitutional S720/HR1697 will make it a felony to support anti-Israel boycott

  1. These traitors in Congress are all beneath contempt. I guess they have no mirrors in their houses. I will never stay quiet about the 60+ year human rights atrocities perpetuated by Israel, nor will I forget that Israel attacked the U.S.S Liberty. Stop all dual citizenship, what a crock. And let’s end the scam of “Kosher tax!” I will keep my soul intact, No selling out my fellow countrymen, or my fellow human beings. God help this country, we are beset from all angles by psychopaths, loons, kooks, cons, and generally morally bankrupt criminals of varying degrees. The devil take them all.

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    • First, I agree it’s going to far to make this a criminal act. Speaking or acting out against a foreign entity (so long as it doesn’t come to acts of war or felonious-physical attacks) is no more a hate crime than doing so against others for their gender-bending or lack of social grace or ability to communicate in English… or appearance, or whatever. Conversely, forcing us to make pro-Israel economic decisions is not the place of our gov’t.

      Second, I despise liberal, “in-name-only” Jews who populate the Left and Hollywood-entertainment whores that are making a debauchery of our nation. But we’re talking about more than that when we attack Israel and all Jews in general. These are God’s Chosen People if you believe The Holy Bible.

      Third, I myself have multiple citizenships — Christian, Conservative, and American — in that order. They influence my behavior, beliefs, and politics. And yeah, I dig Mike Pence’s political beliefs. A LOT more than I do Trump’s.

      Fourth, Israel was treated so dismissively by Obama for 8 years, it’s about time something was done to show our nations’ long-term alliance (since at least when the UN recognized Israel’s statehood and Truman stood with them in ’48). There may be bad elements in Israel’s gov’t, as well as in some of their residents… but it’s not like we can’t claim the same of our own, and yet we don’t throw out our love of country completely due to those few idiots.

      And fifth, yes, the Jewish Sanhedrin demanded Jesus’ crucifixion for having stood up to their authority, and conservative and orthodox Jews still don’t accept Christ as their Messiah. I get that. But many reformed Jews have seen the Light and do. It’s their choice. They’re still God’s Chosen People. Whether or not that keeps them out of Heaven is up to God, not me.

      That being said…
      1) What “human rights atrocities? Against the vermin PLO that daily try to attack Israel with bombs, missiles, guns, knives, etc.? The Arabs from whom Israel took the land originally after Moses led them from out of Egypt? And whose ass Israel kicked in both ’48 and ’67 after returning from the Diaspora?
      2) This U.S.S. Liberty “attack”?
      http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/history-and-overview-of-the-uss-liberty-incident
      3) Most of the senators listed above are now retired. I could find no verifiable such list on the net via Google search. Not even listed at Snopes.
      4) “Kosher Tax”?
      5) Might want to review the whole Old Testament “scam” where God made His original Covenant with Abraham to be the Father of His People, who became the Nation of Israel, without which there’d be no Christianity.

      Hope that doesn’t ruffle too many feathers, but I believe in the whole Bible.

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      • “I believe in the whole Bible.”

        Really? You must have missed Hebrews 8:13: “In speaking of a new covenant, He [Jesus Christ] makes the first one obsolete.”

        “These are God’s Chosen People”

        You must think God the Father to be a masochist for still having as His “chosen people” those who killed His only Son, continue to call His Son a “bastard,” “fool” and “conjurer”, and condemn His followers (Christians) as subhuman animals.
        “Whoever hates me also hates my Father.”John 15:23

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      • The so-called Christian leaders of this Country have committed acts of treason and destruction to Christians by adopting the creed that these SRA Zionist are God’s chosen people – the big names are in bed with these people (literally) and have taken money and have offshore accounts-religion mixed with politics is as dark and despicable as anything attributed to the Devil,
        this isn’t terribly surprising to the informed, being that Jews have been the writers, keepers and religious figures of religious control for millennium, in the last several centuries the Ashkenazi have infiltrated and assimilated Jewish power like the Body Snatchers – as a result Christians are BLIND to the Satanic monstrosity called Jewish Supremacy/Control so that for example even thought these monsters attacked the USS Liberty straffing sailors in the water Christians turn their cheek (this is NOT what the Master meant)

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      • I hit “like” by accident. If Dr. E. can remove that, I’d appreciate it.

        I DON’T like your ‘analysis’ “cogito” since it has no basis in reality and is instead based upon your Judaized state of mind. I’ll take my history from the men WHO WERE ON THE USS LIBERTY, and survived, rather than the Jewish Virtual Library. The fact that the full weight of the US government (aka Jewmerica) was pitted against the survivors of the Liberty to not breathe a word of what happened to them or else face court martial (and worse) is evidence that Israel knew FULL WELL they attacked an American ship and wanted to sink it with all hands on board in order to draw the U.S. into a war with Egypt and possibly the USSR. In fact, the USSR had planes in the air and may have gotten involved but didn’t when they understood that there were at least some survivors. And there was complicity within the Johnson administration (Johnson himself recalling the US Navy jets that had been scrambled to ward off the attacking Jews.)

        http://www.honorlibertyvets.org
        “The crew of the USS Liberty is the most decorated crew since World War II. It is among the most decorated crews for a single engagement in the entire history of the United States Navy.”
        (BUT most Americans have never heard of the USS Liberty. Why is that?)

        From the NSA archives regarding the sayanim at NUMEC corporation (owned by Zalman Shapiro and other Jews) in Apollo, PA who illegally sent nuclear materials to the Stern and Irgun because JFK did NOT want Israel to have nuclear material.
        http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/nukevault/ebb565-Was-U.S.-Nuclear-Weapons-Fuel-Diverted-to-Israel/

        http://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/12353176-74/apollos-numec-allegedly-supplied-nuclear-batteries-to-israel-in-six-day-war
        (notice the word ‘allegedly’ in the title…why allegedly? because NO investigation has ever, or WILL ever be conducted.)

        Grant Smith wrote the book titled “Divert!” regarding the illegal transfer of nuclear material by NUMEC and the quashing of any FBI or CIA investigation.

        And yes, the kosher tax is real. You pay it every day on consumables AND non-consumables such as aluminum foil and plastic wrap.

        The COVENANT (if there ever was one) ENDED on Crucifixion Friday.

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      • “Most of the senators listed above are now retired.”

        Not true, unless you have your own unique definition for the word “most”. Here’s the list (an X by the name means still a senator):

        Barbara Boxer: X
        Benjamin Cardin: X
        Russ Feingold: (1993-2011)
        Al Franken: X
        Dianne Feinstein: X
        Herb Kohl: (1989-2013)
        Frank Lautenberg: (2003-2013)
        Joe Lieberman: X
        Carl Levin: (1979-2015)
        Bernie Sanders: X
        Charles Shumer: X
        Ron Wyden: X

        Verified via Wikipedia.

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  2. Kevin J Lankford

    “Both bills have wide spread bipartisan support”, clearly means that the ashkenazi fakes have thoroughly infiltrated all branches of our government. We all know that truth stands on its own, it does not require force of law.

    These fake Jews have taken the land of Israel, with deceit and force of arms, where the true Hebrew has waited patiently for God to return their land to them with out bloodshed, as was his promise. It is sadly to their discredit that they did not accept his first coming and opportunity for fulfillment of his promise then.

    If any one knows who the true Hebrews are now, it is a well kept secret, but I feel the largest part of those in Israel now are hijackers of the true heritage, and the true Hebrews may not even know who they are.

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  3. Could it be that the real Jews are the wandering Jews?

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  4. Isn’t dual citizenship, with any foreign nation, unlawful collusion by a person serving and employed by the U.S. Government? If there is collusion that is illegal, that must be included!

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    • Kevin J Lankford

      It was once well understood that “dual citizenship”, “naturalized citizen”, and “Natural Born Citizen”, were mutually exclusive. Now every fool in congress, every senator, every supposed legal and Constitutional expert, and every judge, including every fraud on the supreme court, would have us accept, as in the case of obama, and the canadian anchor baby cruz, and others, that a person can be natural born of multiple countries.

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      • I understand that whether born in the USA or naturalized a person is AMERICAN only. Who came up with the dual citizenship? ohhhh yes, politicians because by recognizing the Italian-American, Irish-Américan, Cuban-American, and so on, they would guarantee a vote In his favor. It’s not politics but politicians that are corrupt.

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  5. The dual -Israeli traitors are enough in and of itself for the citizens of this country to call up the MILITIA and DEPOSE these traitors and have new elections, create citizen tribunals and HANG the TRAITORS in office-this Country has been taken by internal COUP long ago-Americans must wake up or suffer the consequences of these Zionist communists as Russia did a century ago-we will see death destruction and tyranny on a level we have never before seen in our land

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  6. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for shining the light on those evil ones who don’t represent us, but their special interests.
    I do wonder how they define israel as “friendly” to the usa when all it does is take from the usa billions of dollars every year in the form of welfare while the debt is given back to usa taxpayers; they use spies called “sayanim” in the usa through mossad; special interests groups; moles with dual citizenship who legislate; zionists who support every criminal act; they’ve even killed American soldiers and LBJ only gave them financial repercussions from the welfare we’ve given them after bombing the research ship uss liberty (and I do wonder if that was a sacrifice of some sort by a shady deal that was made between israel and LBJ or maybe they had intercepted something that TPTB didn’t want to go any further?); what they’re doing to palestinians has human rights violations plastered all over it. In reality, if these bills become law then palestinian-americans who lived through israel torture and speak against it will be fined and imprisoned, not for their experience of being brutalized by israel, but for their speech….kinda like a rape victim not being allowed to criticize her rapist.
    the usa exists to protect and support israel….the usa govt is a puppet for israel.

    congress is a truly disgusting group of modern-day pharisees…not one who supports criminalizing Americans’ use of free speech against criminals in the middle east deserve to be in a position of making our country’s laws….I’m in full support of a nation-wide congressional recall and all of the unconstitutional “citizens” can go back to their true “home” and leave us alone….
    keep in mind, these are the people who are pushing transgenderism, homosexuality, and now this new move to impinge upon our free speech.
    they should not be paid to make us criminals.
    if they can make the 1st amendment illegal, then what about the 2nd and the 3rd?
    “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Luke 16:13
    somehow, I don’t believe the usa citizenry are on the receiving end of “love” and devotion from our dual-citizenship congress.
    “Dual Citizenship — Loyal to Whom?”
    http://www.viewzone.com/dualcitizen.html

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  7. To go off on a bit of a tangent, for years the mainstream media has derided “conspiracy theories” and “conspiracy theorists”, but “collusion” is a synonym of “conspiracy”. So now we have the mainstream media daily reporting “collusion theories”. But to conspire or collude with another or more than one person is OK unless it’s to plan and commit a criminal act. But in order to serve as a government official or agent requires that one swear an oath to “preserve protect and defend the U.S. Constitution” so that should preclude foreign citizenship which may include collusion, conspiracy or conflict of interest with ANY foreign nation.

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  8. Amazing the drek they waste time on when there are huge problems hanging over our very heads.

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  9. Will AIPAC ever be forced to be listed as a foreign agent?

    The ‘sponsors’ of the bill in Congress pretend to not know what was in the bill.
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47480.htm

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  10. From having listened to and read former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, it is readily apparent to me that the United States Government was infiltrated and subverted by Israel’s Government a long time ago.
    This seems to be, in some part, a consequence of European laws criminalizing denial of the Holocaust. I do not know if the same individuals who influenced Holocaust-denial legislation in Europe are behind this particular piece of legislation, and that is not the main point: This proves that a “narrative” has maintained, that it has morphed into a “party line” that must not be crossed, and that this particular result is, PLAINLY, A HOSTILE ACT against the United States.

    That’s right, I said it: This particular piece of legislation constitutes an Act of War against the United States. PROBLEM: Can it be proved that Israel was directly behind this Act of War? Of Course Not!

    Cynthia McKinney reported on Alex Jones’s show over two years ago that every new member of Congress was visited by at least one Israeli interest and given some sort of “pledge of support” for Israel, and to anyone who refused to sign this pledge was successfully defeated when reelection time came around. Miss McKinney insisted that she never received this piece of paper to sign, and she said had she received it, she would have refused to sign it. At any rate, she was defeated when her reelection time came around.

    WHO can slay the Israeli Influence Monster and get it off of our shores? Excellent Question. It sure won’t be Donald Trump.

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    • Thanks for your reminder about Congresswoman McKinney who has stated that she did indeed refuse to sign the Pledge (of Allegiance) to “Israel”. Remember too Congressman Trafficante. The Jews did a number on him too–and he died of mysterious circumstances having to do with a tractor ‘accident’ on his property.

      All American Presidents since 1913 (and really before) have to tread lightly, especially Trump. The Jews do not want Trump in office. They have made that VERY plain via the JMSM.

      Will Trump be able to effect change when it comes to the control Jews wield in this country and around the world? We’d better hope that Trump and those around him have enough support behind the scenes to do just that or we are in for some very dark days indeed. Never forget the Sampson Option.

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  12. Very revealing and disconcerting. Thank you for your research on this, Dr. Eowyn.

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  13. THANKS for this list of dual citizenship government reps Israel/USA. I’ve been doing my own research, and this shortens the task by a great deal!!! This is both amazing and alarming…..I think even more so than having had a past POTUS who grew up with an Indonesian passport…..these people are here for DECADES in our legislative histories…..

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  14. This is one of those subjects that never seems to advance. I could easily do a month on it. Not to put too fine a point on it, we should not be required to have, nor are we required to have a “position” on Israel. I couldn’t care less about Israel (except to keep track of them lest they end up behind me).

    “Israel” the Zionist State has little to do with Biblical anything. It has everything to do with manipulation and politics. On the other hand, as far as the people go, nothing has changed. They are a stiff-necked people. They are totally and completely for themselves at the expense of everyone else.

    We do not need laws to make it impossible to deal with Israel in whatever manner we choose. Those who push this should go there to live immediately.

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