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.”