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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: May 12, 2015 03:41 PM
From: Representative Matthew E. Baker and Rep. Mark B. Cohen
To: All House members
Subject: Condemning Economic, Social, Cultural and Other Boycotts of Israel and Growing Incidents of Anti-Semitism
In the near future, we plan to introduce a resolution condemning economic, social, cultural and other boycotts of Israel and growing incidents of anti-Semitism.

There are increasing incidents of anti-Semitism around the world, including across the United States and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, reflected in official hate crime statistics. The international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is one of the main vehicles for spreading anti-Semitism and advocating the elimination of the Jewish State.

The dramatic increase in BDS campaign activities on college campuses around the country over the past few years has resulted in increased animosity and intimidation against Jewish students. The BDS campaign’s call for academic boycotts have been condemned by many of our nation’s largest academic associations, more than 250 university presidents and many other leading scholars as a violation of the bedrock principle of academic freedom.

We hope you will join us in co-sponsoring this important resolution. Thank you for your interest and support.

Introduced as HR370