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Why are progressive Democrats backing an anti-BDS bill that was introduced at an AIPAC conference?

On July 17, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will begin to mark up a number of measures including a resolution that condemns the Global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS Movement). Despite concerns about the bill being constitutional, it’s currently supported by 70% of the Democratic Caucus.

House Resolution 246 (HRes246) is a nonbinding piece of legislation that identifies the BDS movement as an impediment to a two-state solution. “Whereas the Global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS Movement) targeting Israel is a campaign that does not favor a two-state solution and that seeks to exclude the State of Israel and the Israeli people from the economic, cultural, and academic life of the rest of the world,” its text reads. Unlike other anti-BDS bills currently being pushed, HRes246 doesn’t actually aim to penalize individuals or companies that participate in the boycott. In this sense HRes246 has emerged as something of a compromise, somewhere between supporting BDS and criminalizing it.

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