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US Lawmakers Host Anti-BDS Conference

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While Israel's enemies continue to plot ways to destroy the Jewish state - many of them by way of economic sanctions and boycotts - those who stand for Israel defend her. Israel Hayom's Efrat Forsher reports on an anti-BDS conference at the U.S. capitol at which American lawmakers discussed ways to combat the BDS movement:

U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday hosted a unique conference to support the Judea and Samaria settlement enterprise and denounce anti-Israel incitement and the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement's activities on American university campuses. It was the first time Congress has hosted an event of this kind.

More than 100 people attended the Capitol Hill event, including Republican congressmen Louie Gohmert and Pete Sessions of Texas, Doug Lamborn of Colorado, and Erik Paulsen of Minnesota; local Jewish leaders; Judea and Samaria community heads; and public opinion leaders, Jewish and non-Jewish, who sought to learn more about the disconcerting BDS phenomenon, its scope, and how it can be countered.

The conference was the product of two years of intense activity by the Shomron Regional Council's foreign relations office aimed at Republican congressmen known to be avid Israel supporters.

The panel discussed legislative activity to outlaw BDS activities on U.S. campuses. Thirteen states, including New York, New Jersey, Florida, Alabama, Arizona and Colorado, have already imposed restrictions on the movement's anti-Israel propaganda, and four others have outlined restrictions on business ventures with groups that support boycotting Israel...

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