Federal Legislation

The Combating BDS Act of 2019 (S. 1 and H.R. 336)

H.R. 221 (Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act)

  • What it does:

    • The bill upgrades the global antisemitism envoy to the ambassador level, which would impose a 90-day limit on how long the position can remain unfilled. The House passed the bill on January 11, 2019.

  • Update:

    • The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), has made clear that the bill aims to suppress criticism of Israel and advocacy for Palestinian rights by labeling them anti-Semitic according to the problematic “3-Ds” definition that the State Department has adopted to identify antisemitism abroad, and which the Special Envoy would employ.

    • The Trump Administration left the position open for more than two years, appointing Elan Carr in February 2019 in response to this congressional pressure.

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H.R. 72 (Rejecting anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hatred in the United States and around the world)

  • What it does:

    • The resolution conflates criticism of Israel with antisemitism and attacks Reps. Tlaib and Omar because of their outspoken support for Palestinian rights. It also falsely characterizes on-campus advocacy for Palestinian rights as antisemitic. The resolution was introduced on January 23, 2019 by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY).

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Previous federal bills

The Israel Anti-Boycott Act

Staff attorney Rahul Saksena and Rabbi Joseph Berman of Jewish Voice for Peace discuss the Israel Anti-Boycott Act. 


The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act

Other federal bills and resolutions:

  • 115th Congress

    • Combating BDS Act of 2017 - S. 170

    • PROSPER Act - H.R. 4508

    • Export Administration Anti-Discrimination Act - H.R. 6095

    • Reaffirming United States support for Israel and condemning the United Nations Human Rights Council for certain wasteful and abusive actions - H. Res. 728

  • 114th Congress

    • Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 - H.R. 644

    • Boycott our Enemies not Israel Act - H.R. 1572

    • Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 - H.R. 1890

    • To prevent the Thrift Savings Fund from investing in any company that boycotts Israel - H.R. 2645

    • Fair Treatment of Israel in Product Labeling Act of 2016 - S. 2474

    • Combating BDS Act of 2016 - H.R. 4514/S. 2531

    • Protecting Israel Against Economic Discrimination Act of 2016 - H.R. 6298

    • Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2016 - H.R. 6421/S. 10

    • Condemning resolutions or policies calling for or instituting a boycott of Israeli academic institutions or scholars by institutions of higher learning and scholarly associations - H. Res. 318

    • Regarding politically motivated acts of boycott, divestment from, and sanctions against Israel - H. Res. 402

    • Opposition to labeling Israeli products and goods manufactured in the West Bank - H. Res. 567

  • 113th Congress