Trans-Pacific Bill Includes Anti Boycott Israel Amendment

Today’s passing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership bill included a quiet but meaningful amendment targeting the boycott Israel movement.

The measure passed by the United States Congress on Wednesday includes an amendment requiring American negotiators to stipulate the rejection of boycotting Israeli products as a core principle in any trade talks that might occur with the European Union.

The trade bill—whose amendment takes a stand against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement—initially passed with a majority in the House of Representatives last week, followed by Wednesday’s affirmative 60-38 vote in the Senate.