Federal Legislation

In 2017, the following bills were introduced in the U.S. Congress

The Combating BDS Act of 2017

The Israel Anti-Boycott Act of 2017

  • What it does:
    • This bill expands the Export Administration Act of 1979 to prohibit U.S. companies from boycotting Israeli settlements in response to calls by the U.N. or the EU. The bill would also direct the Export-Import Bank to deny loans to companies engaged in politically-motivated boycotts of Israel.
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  • Take action:  Oppose the Israel Anti-Boycott Act!  via U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights


The following bill is expected to be re-introduced in 2017:

The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act

  • What it does:
    • This bill directs the U.S. Department of Education to use the "State Department Definition" of anti-Semitism when investigating complaints of anti-Semitism on campuses. The "State Department definition" is so broad it classifies virtually all criticism of Israel and Israeli government policies as anti-Semitic. If enacted, this bill would likely be used to justify federal investigations into Palestine activism on campuses while adding no new legal protections for Jewish students. In 2016, this bill passed the U.S. Senate but failed to pass the U.S. House of Representatives. It is expected to be reintroduced in 2017.
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