US Congress passes rare law targeting boycotts of Israel

WASHINGTON – Four decades have passed since Congress last agreed on a law pushing back against boycotts of Israel worldwide. That streak was broken by the Senate Wednesday, at a moment perhaps prescient, as European capitals consider new measures to highlight and punish Israel’s continued “occupation” of the West Bank.

The vehicle chosen, as one congressman told The Jerusalem Post, comes around too infrequently for lawmakers to have passed up the opportunity.

He was referring to the fast-track authority required by President Barack Obama to swiftly negotiate a trade deal with the European Union’s Trade Promotion Authority, which, in turn, grants Congress an exceptional role and visibility into the process.


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