Senator Booker Announces Support for Landmark Anti-BDS Bill; The Lakewood Vaad Lauds Move

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker became the first likely 2020 Democratic presidential candidate in the Senate to sign on to the “Israel Anti- Boycott Act,” which is landmark federal legislation that makes it illegal to boycott Israel. The legislation takes aims at the international anti-Israel Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS) movement, which is promoting an economic war against Israel. The legislation makes it illegal for American companies to join foreign boycotts against Israel and protects Americans from being forced to participate in them.

The bill, supported by President Trump, has major Republican backing, with a strong majority signing on as co-sponsors. Senator Bob Menendez of NJ was an early co-signer, but the bill has struggled in getting broader Democratic support.

Senator Booker announced his support for the legislation after it was tweaked to avoid potential First Amendment issue, ensuring that it would survive future legal challenge by Palestinian supporters. Senator Booker is the fourteenth Democratic senator to support the bill. His high profile within the party increases Democratic support in the chamber and makes the bill wholly bi-partisan.

Over the past few years the Lakewood Vaad repeatedly expressed to Senator Booker our concern over growing left-wing anti-Semitism, the BDS movement, the anti-Semitism it promotes, and urged him to support this legislation.

“We are pleased that Senator Booker joins this battle against one of the worst embodiments of modern day anti-Semitism,” says Vaad spokesman Rabbi Moshe Zev Weisberg. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Senator on all matters of concern to Orthodox Jewry and to our country.”

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  1. What a joke. I guess the vadd’s going to fall for it now. what are his Iranian friends going to do with him? how are they going to deal with it

  2. He won’t get my vote in 2020
    He backed the previous administrations vote against Israel at the UN
    After coming to lkwd and faking his Jewish connections and speaking at the shai dinner throwing around pesukim playing on Jewish sympathy,he voted the democratic ticket line regarding IRAN though it affected Israel negatively
    He used our community to get voted in and then turned his back on Jews and Israel so I’m puzzled at the “Vaad” coming out in support of him
    They didn’t come out against him when he voted against our interests why not? Do they just want to become relevant by offering opinions
    Stick to local issues get route 9 widened ,stop the building, fix the pot holes and lower TAXES!
    Afterwards you can send me a letter “telling me who to vote for”

  3. He is just trying to get a list of things he can claim he did for the Jewish community so we will support him in the next election.

    Remember smoke and mirrors!

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