"Though the BDS movement remains a minor nuisance to Israel’s booming economy, the Israeli government and its allies in America have made it a priority to stamp it out at all costs. America’s AIPAC-friendly politicians regularly denounce BDS with a stridency usually reserved for rogue states and terrorist groups. In 2015, Sens. Ted Cruz and Kirsten Gillibrand penned a joint open letter vociferously condemning the EU’s guidelines instructing Europeans to label settlement products as settlement products.

The U.S. is on the cutting edge of unconstitutional laws making it illegal not to buy Israeli goods. This year, the New York State Senate passed comprehensive legislation to prohibit colleges from using state aid to fund any entity that boycotts Israel; to block public funding for student groups that “participate in hate speech,” the only example being BDS; and to prohibit the state from contracting with any organization known to support BDS. Nineteen other states have similar legislation on the books. In March 2017, Sen. Ben Cardin, a Democrat from Maryland, and 48 co-sponsors introduced the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, an audacious law that makes it a felony for Americans to boycott Israel or its settlements. The text of the bill names the United Nations Human Rights Council as the primary actor behind actions “designed to stigmatize and isolate Israel internationally,” namely that they are “considering a resolution...to withhold assistance from and prevent trade with territories occupied since 1967.” Again, even though the UNHRC is unaffiliated with the BDS movement — and though its calls for a blacklist of companies working in the settlements only overlaps with a portion of the BDS platform — the law codifies “the opposition of the United States to actions to boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel.” For these actions, the penalty would be up to $1 million in fines and 20 years in prison. According to the ACLU, the bill is “in direct violation of the First Amendment.” Despite widespread backlash, the only co-sponsor to back out so far is Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who pledged not to support the bill “in its current form.”

Whenever bipartisanship like this arises in the U.S., it can be safely assumed that money from big donors is pouring into both sides. Public opinion is not nearly as voraciously pro-Israel as the Senate consensus would imply. Polling by the centrist Brookings Institution shows 60 percent of Democrats and 46 percent overall agreeing that “the U.S. should impose some economic sanctions/take more serious action with regard to new Israeli settlements,” with both on an upward curve. Meanwhile, senators are moving in the opposite direction at the behest of a group of wealthy donors with a vendetta against Israel’s critics and BDS in particular. Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, for instance, has donated tens of millions to opponents of BDS, particularly those focused on opposing pro-Palestine campus activists. (Adelson also donated $35 million to GOP Senate races alone in 2016.) On the Democratic side, Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban, who once co-chaired an anti-BDS initiative with Sheldon Adelson, donated more than $16 million to Democrats in 2016. Meanwhile, J Street, the only political action committee with an Israel-Palestine take remotely left of center, could only muster up $3 million in total contributions."

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abolhussein abolhussein (@abolhussein)
I support the State of Israel, but the Israel which was a shining light in the middle east, until it became a country of intolerance and ethnic cleansing under the Israeli leadership in particularly under the corrupt regime of Netanyahu. It is now a country that unless you are a jew, you have no rights as its is very true in all the islamic countries in the Middle East, such as Iran, Egypt etc. Israel has become an image of the islamic countries in the area , I guess it should have been foreseen, since islam is a carbon copy of the jewish religion, BUT on steroids.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to abolhussein (@abolhussein)
"shining light" in stealing Palestinians lands & denying the very existence of a Palestinian nation from day one. The origins of the problem with Israel goes back to the initial formulation by Moses Hess and his notion of "a people without land, and a land without people."
Palestine ALWAYS had people.
Monarchists fail the test of basic historical knowledge, again.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to abolhussein (@abolhussein)
Islam is influenced by Judaism, but it is also influenced by other religions as well (both textually and in practice). Definitely not a carbon copy by any stretch of imagination. The problem with such a simplified, obuse reductionism is also its failure to account for various Judaisms which exist today; Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist,...which one is the 'real' 'true' Judaism?
It's not steroids which augments Islam but the great financial resources it has enjoyed (both historically and currently) historical Islam originated within the merchant's class of Mecca, hence the key role of Merchant Capital in formation of Islam. Oil Rent is today's basis of muslim nations wealth and power.
Trouble with monarchists is not only their cliche, over-simplified, obtuse 'thought'. Rather it is their eternal inability in comprehending how their coward scum 'king' was the best gift Islam and mullahs ever had in our land.
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abolhussein abolhussein (@abolhussein) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd)
Sure Aboly, so now we are back as chamosh, when I said islam is a copy of the jewish religion but on steroids, I meant to make it a point that mohammad never had any conversations with God, may be Satan but not God, just as we have con-artists on television trying to spread the so called word and fatten their wallets. Mohammad was all about power and money, and he certainly got all that during his lifetime as well as his sexual perversions by telling his second in command Abu Bakr that allah has instructed him to take 6 year old Aisha as his wife.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to abolhussein (@abolhussein)
No, we're back to teaching degenerate monarchists that they have wasted their entire lives supporting a coward, scum 'king' (both of those words used by you yourself) only to 'discover' this fact late in life.
The only 'point' you've made is that despite your confession to how shah was a coward scum, you still suffer from Islamophobia, placing you squarely right by Trump, Bannon and all those Nazis, hoping to invade Iran. Degenerate monarchists have an extensively long history of being West's waterboys, so although they've admitted their clown 'king' was nothing by a coward scum, there's still that (سلطنت طلب خائن وطنفروش) desire to serve all their Western masters like a good Gunga Din (did anyone say Palizy?).
Once a waterboy of Western masters, always a waterboy of Western master, thus the predicament of degenerate monarchists.
What you need to explain about Islam is why your coward scum 'king' was the best gift Islam received in Iran? Start with Kashani, then Hojatieh society, then Hosseinieh Ershad, then Beheshti, Bahonar,...

...هر کی میگه پنیر رو سرتو بذار زمین و
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abolhussein abolhussein (@abolhussein) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd)
Since you are either or were a member of tudeh or mek, you are responsible for the mullahs in Iran, thinking that you would use the scum of earth in islam to overthrow the Shah and then get rid off them after he is gone, it was your stupid peers as well as your idiot self who were disposed off, that is why you sit like a fat slobbering idiot in exile having nothing to do all day except make your stupid comments, and where else but in the Christian West are you free to do it. You can fool people on this site, but I KNOW you and know who you are.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to abolhussein (@abolhussein)
Since you've spent your entire life promoting and defending a coward scum 'king' you ought to consider what does that make you. Scum of the earth was your 'king' and his friend Kashani that helped him is his coup against Mossadegh.
Scum of the earth was you 'king' that initiated Hojatieh Society with help of his SAVAK.
Scum of the earth was your 'king' who made Hosseinieh Ershad so popular.
Scum of the earth was you 'king' who paid ayatollahs Beheshti and Bahonar to write the textbooks for Iranian high schools.
Stupidest fools are those degenerate monarchists, like that welfare leech Palizy, who at the end of their lives confess to the fact of wasting all their lives in supporting a coward scum.
The query whoever remains the same: when a bunch of welfare leech losers adore and worship a cowards scum all their lives, are they themselves anything but cowards scums?


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