So far in 2020, America’s lawmakers have bravely traversed toppled statues, shattered storefronts, and torched churches in order to propose 19 new pieces of legislation explicitly benefiting Israel.
That number is remarkable given that Congress has spent an unusual amount of this year either in quarantine or not in session at all.
Nineteen million families are relying on unemployment benefits. Those benefits will only be extended “over our dead bodies,” Sen. Lindsay Graham says of his Republican colleagues.
Congress’ bipartisan inaction can’t be blamed on lockdowns or lack of opportunity to hammer through the good ol’ legislative process. They’ve had plenty of time to ponder and propose legislation: as the screws have tightened on America’s white working class between 2019 and July 2020, Congress has proposed 69 pieces of legislation (and counting) to explicitly benefit Israel.
We were made aware of this phenomenon by Kathryn Shihadah of Israel Palestine News, as published on Truth To Power News.
Back in January 2019, immediately after the swearing-in ceremony for the new Congress, advocacy for Israel began. On that first day, the Senate introduced a pro-Israel bill; the House introduced 3. By the end of 2019, lawmakers had presented over 50 pieces of legislation favoring Israel.
2020 pro-Israel bills have been arriving at a somewhat slower pace (as of this writing, the number stands at 18), but most of last year’s bills are still in circulation. At the end of this year, every bill that has not become law will die. The process starts over with the new Congress in January 2021.
Especially given this year’s massive financial disruption from COVID-19, Americans should be aware of our country’s lavish spending habits toward Israel – and not only because we need to be generally more frugal. Israel has a long, ugly record of human rights violations, the likes of which have been chronicled in detail by numerous human rights organizations.
You can find the full list of legislation here– in this piece, we’ll focus on some of the more egregious ones.
Shlomo Is A Friend Of Mine t. Ted Cruz
Cruz’ short-lived stint as an “immigration firebrand” is long over. His passion for Israel remains eternal, as evidenced by his proposed Senate Resolution 570, which “opposes and condemns the potential prosecution of U.S. and Israeli nationals by the International Criminal Court (ICC).”
Congress doesn’t need to be threatened by Paulie with the bolt cutters to give Shlomo what he wants.
The ICC, per Shihadah, is a “‘court of last resort,’ where it is possible to try individuals when their home country is unwilling or unable to do so. The allegations of American war crimes in Afghanistan, and Israeli war crimes in Israel/Palestin
e could be resolved if the US and Israel would self-investigate.”
Cruz’ resolution does not call for self-investigation; which itself would be problematic. Instead, “the pro-Israel bill S.Res.570 calls for impunity – for American citizens and citizens of one other selected country.”
Israel already has a long and storied history of flaunting international decrees and court decisions. This resolution would bolster Israel’s intransigence with official U.S. support, and eliminate the pretense that any international body could set rules by which Israel must abide.
Over in the House, H.R. 5595 (“The Israel Anti-Boycott Act”) would “impose additional prohibitions relating to foreign boycotts under Export Control Reform Act of 2018, and is the latest in a string of pro-Israel bills that many experts consider a violation of Americans’ right to free speech,” according to Shihadah.
Rep. Matt Gaetz is a strong supporter of Israel- as is his “son,” presumably.
This bill is the nationalization of anti-BDS legislation that has already been proposed and adopted in many U.S. states.
The bill would halt attempts to disrupt businesses that partner with illegal Israeli settlements. This same strategy was instrumental in bringing down apartheid in South Africa.
Past anti-boycott bills have targeted businesses, organizations, and individuals; the current bill also targets global organizations – specifically the United Nations, which recently published a database of over 100 companies doing business in illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian land. The human rights expert behind the effort “urged UN Member States to implement laws banning the import of goods produced in illegal settlements located in any occupied territory.”
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and others, including us, have made the point that anti-boycott legislation interferes with free speech, and is therefore unconstitutional. Nevertheless, thanks to pro-Israel influence, Congress has considered not less than 22 anti-BDS bills; 28 states have adopted anti-BDS laws (a number of these are being challenged).”
H.R. 5595 is sponsored by Jewish representative Lee Zeldin (R-NY).
Sixty-three out of sixty-four cosponsors are Republicans, including Rep. Matt Gaetz.
The Secure United States Bases Act (S. 3409, H.R. 6392) are totally going to kick all of those Arabs off our military bases, Trump is finally being a serious guy, let’s goooooo!
Not so much.
This act would pave the way for Israeli spies to continue their takeover of sensitive American military intelligence. This time, instead of putting backdoored spyware on the majority of U.S. military computers, they’re using manpower.
The Secure U.S. Bases Act would:
These pro-Israel bills would create a new, nonimmigrant visa category for foreign military students in Department of Defense and Department of State training programs. Foreign military students would be subject to comprehensive vetting to be eligible for the visa.
The requirements would apply retroactively, but students from NATO states and Israel would be exempt and would not have to be vetted, nor apply for the special visa!
These bills are a response to the December 2019 deadly attack at a US military facility in Florida in which a Saudi national in military training shot 11 people, killing 3.
While the Senate puts great faith in Israeli military students’ loyalty to the US, it is well-known that Israel has a history of spying on the US – even stealing military secrets – and was caught red-handed as recently as 2019.
In an article entitled “Israel Spies and Spies and Spies,” Philip Giraldi, former CIA counterterrorism specialist adds, “The fact is that Israel conducts espionage and influence operations against the United States more aggressively than any other ‘friendly’ country.”
Congress is taking advantage of the killing of three U.S. soldiers by a Saudi to further serve the U.S. military up to Israel on a silver platter. That’s how Zionist-occupied America works.
Global Jewish Hugbox Against Big Mean Whitey
Congressional legislation typically needs translation and explanation. Not this time. H.Res 837, “Reaffirming the need for transatlantic cooperation to combat anti-Semitism in Europe,” wears its heart on its sleeve.
Matteo Salvini has promised to expand the legal definition of “anti-Semitism” if he comes back into power in Italy.
The resolution reads:
- Whereas anti-Semitism in Europe is widespread and increasing according to many studies, including those conducted by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, the Pew Research Center, and media outlets;
- Whereas 89 percent of Jews living in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom feel anti-Semitism has increased over the past decade;
- Whereas 85 percent of European Jews consider anti-Semitism to be the biggest social or political problem in their country;
- Whereas 28 percent of European Jews experienced anti-Semitic harassment at least once during the last year;
- Whereas 34 percent of European Jews avoid visiting Jewish events or sites because they do not feel safe;
- Whereas 79 percent of European Jews have said they do not report anti-Semitic incidents, with 48 percent giving the reason that “nothing would have changed had they done so”
- Whereas Congress passed the Combating European Anti-Semitism Act in 2018 to require increased Department of State reporting on the scope and severity of anti-Semitism in Europe;
- Whereas many European governments and the European Union have adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of anti-Semitism;
- Whereas 38 percent of European Jews have considered emigrating because they did not feel safe as Jews in Europe;
- Whereas one-third of 7,000 Europeans surveyed said they knew just a little or nothing at all about the Holocaust; and
- Whereas the global rise in anti-Semitism should be cause for serious concern on both sides of the Atlantic: Now, therefore, be itResolved, That the House of Representatives—
- (1) reaffirms the strong transatlantic alliance between the United States and Europe and our long history of addressing shared challenges;
- (2) recognizes the need for the United States and Europe to work together to combat anti-Semitism;
- (3) calls on all European governments to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of Jewish communities;
- (4) recognizes the European Commission and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have taken action to increase education and inclusion and to criminalize anti-Semitic crimes and Holocaust denial;
- (5) encourages European leaders to provide robust political leadership to reassure Jewish communities and to speak out against manifestations of anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance across the political spectrum;
- (6) encourages European governments to ensure that school curricula include education about the Holocaust, modern-day anti-Semitism, and inclusive antibias training, and to mandate hate crime prevention and response training into law enforcement education; and
- (7) calls for increased cooperation and partnership to address the scourge of anti-Semitism.
Wouldn’t it be nice if our government cared about the safety and well-being of its white citizens- facing widespread violence, economic terrorism, and systematic prohibition on self-defense- as much as they care about the safety and well-being of European Jewry?
The number of explicitly pro-Israel, pro-Jewish pieces of legislation between 2019-2020 now stands at 69 and is only expected to increase.