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Senator Toomey Supporting Bipartisan Israel Anti-Boycott Act

November 29, 2017

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) announced that he is supporting the bipartisan Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S.720), a measure to further combat the anti-Israel boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement.

"Israel is the United States' greatest ally in the Middle East and a beacon of democracy and freedom in an area of the world largely suffering under dictatorships and political persecution," said Senator Toomey. "The action taken by the U.N. to target Israel with a commercial boycott was reprehensible and a sign that the BDS movement is growing. Standing idly by while countries and organizations attempt to pursue this agenda is unacceptable. By enacting this bipartisan legislation, the United States can take a strong stance against the BDS movement and reaffirm our unwavering support for Israel."

Background regarding the Israel Anti-Boycott Act:

• Formally states Congress' opposition to actions taken by the U.N.
• Prohibits U.S. commercial entities from supporting U.N. or other intergovernmental organization efforts to impose boycotts against Israel.
• Directs the Export-Import Bank to consider BDS activities when evaluating a foreign company's credit application