House Passes Resolution Opposing Israel Boycott
We ran the numbers: There are 136 news articles covering this topic. 34% (46) are left leaning, 35% (47) center, 32% (43) right leaning.
The left focused on the reactions of Tlaib and Omar to the bill, while the right tended to emphasize the accusations of anti-Semitism that have been leveled against them.
On Tuesday, July 23rd the House of Representatives voted 398-17 to pass a resolution to oppose the boycott movement against Israel.
Passing the resolution is intended to help support the two-state solution. The global BDS Movement (Boycott, Divest, Sanctions) opposes the state of Israel The resolution was first introduced in March of this year, and the House has been debating it since.
Two Muslim freshmen Democratic Representatives, Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., have been very vocal about how they feel about passing this resolution and the relationship the United States and Israel have. They have been accused of anti-Semitism as a result of their support of the boycott movement.
A left-leaning article from the Washington Post emphasized the ongoing feud between Omar and President Trump. It also noted that Omar and Tlaib introduced a measure along with Rep. John Lewis affirming Americans’ right to participate in boycotts and protests. The article called the Israel boycott “an explosive global issue that exposed fissures inside the Democratic ranks.”
A center-leaning article from CNN simply gave an overview on what has been happening in the House of Representatives. They have also listed all 17 representatives who have said no, 16 are Democrats and one is Republican. “The resolution, first introduced in March, supports a two-state solution, argues the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions…” wrote CNN.
A right-leaning article from the New York Times talks about the House voted overwhelmingly to condemn the boycott movement. Tlaib and Omar were the only two Representatives to vehemently criticize the vote. “For months, Ms. Tlaib and Ms. Omar have been the target of intense criticism for statements about Israel and Israel’s supporters that many have regarded as anti-Semitic trips, including insinuations that Jews have dual loyalty to the United states and Israel,” the New York Times article wrote. Being vocal about what you believe in is hard, and these two Reps have done so since they are minorities and have not had a lot of representation in the government.