Poll: 75% of Americans Are Against Outlawing Boycotts of Israel

Chris Menahan
InformationLiberation
Feb. 13, 2019

Though members of both parties love to cite polls which indicate a slim majority oppose building a wall on our southern border to justify not voting for a wall, they couldn't care less about public polling (or the First Amendment) when it comes to banning Americans from boycotting Israel.

From Antiwar.com, "Poll: 75% of Americans Oppose Outlawing Boycotts of Israel":
New legislation passed in the Senate seeks to legalize the right of individual state governments to force American companies to certify they won't engage in economic boycotts of Israel as a condition for receiving government contracts.

The "Combating BDS Act of 2019" is embedded as Title IV within the ''Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019'' (S.1). If signed into law, S.1 would allow states to withhold government funding from entities unwilling to certify they will not boycott Israel. Most existing state anti-BDS measures require pledge forms that contractors must sign as a condition for winning or renewing contracts

But only 22.5% of American adults favor anti-boycott measures. A new representative IRmep poll conducted through Google Surveys finds that 74.9% of Americans oppose forcing government contractors to forswear boycotts.

Question: Should Congress force American businesses seeking government contracts to first sign a pledge that they won't boycott Israel for its human rights record and military occupation?



Source: IRmep representative poll of 1,000 American adults through Google Surveys on February 5-9 with a root mean square of 5.1%.
Not one Democrat in the senate will vote for the wall to defend America, but the majority (24-22) voted not only to make it illegal for Americans to boycott the state of Israel but also to enshrine into law the requirement that US taxpayers give Israel $38 billion over the next ten years (some of which will no doubt go towards their many walls).

Nonetheless, as we learned earlier this week, there's no such thing as an Israel lobby and suggesting otherwise makes you insane.



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