Marco Rubio calls Rashida Tlaib's jibe on anti-BDS bill 'anti-Semitic'

Rubio Defends Anti-BDS Bill Over Criticisms From Sanders, Tlaib

Rubio Defends Anti-BDS Bill Over Criticisms From Sanders, Tlaib

We strongly support this legislation because it ensures Israel has the means necessary to defend itself-by itself-against growing threats and helps protect the right of states to counter boycotts against Israel.

On Monday, the Florida Republican decried the statement from Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat of MI, as anti-Semitic. It's about avoiding a vote that will demonstrate to Americans that the Democratic Party has largely turned against Israel, and that a heavy percentage of Democrats are now supportive of anti-Semitism so long as that anti-Semitism is couched in anti-Israel terminology. #BDS isn't about freedom & equality, it's about destroying #Israel.

United States Senator Bernie Sanders has slammed the "absurd" introduction of a bill targeting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, as the U.S. government shutdown continues.

US Sen Marco Rubio speaks during a news conference in front of the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children, on June 22, 2018, in Homestead, Florida.

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One section of the bill, called Combating BDS Act of 2019, would protect states that penalize Israel boycotters. Civil libertarians have decried the state laws as impinging on speech freedoms. The bill would also allow state and local governments to boycott companies that boycott the country of Israel, according to the Jerusalem Post. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN), as well as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who refuses to answer regarding her personal position on BDS but supports others who support BDS.

Tlaib was quoting a tweet by Sen.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is one of the biggest supporters of Rubio and Risch's bill.

"It's outrageous to imply dual loyalty because you disagree with a policy initiative", AJC said in a followup tweet.

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