Forty years ago, Congress
enacted a law that prohibits compliance with the Arab League economic boycott
of Israel. In March, Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rob Portman (R-OH)
and Representatives Peter Roskam (R-IL.) and Juan Vargas (D-CA) introduced the Israel
Anti-Boycott Act, narrow legislation designed to update and extend existing
law to include boycotts by international governmental organizations. It is
not intended to limit the First Amendment rights of U.S. individuals and
companies who want to criticize Israel or penalize those who want to refuse to do business with Israel based
on their own personal convictions
Ask your Members to support the
Israel Anti-Boycott Act.
Support the Israel Anti-Boycott Act
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to urge you to support the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720/H.R. 1697). Over the past several years, a growing number of countries and the United Nations Human Rights Council have sought to isolate and delegitimize Israel through boycotts, divestment, and sanctions.Forty years ago, Congress enacted the Export Administration Act of 1979 that prohibits any commercial entity from complying with the Arab League economic boycott of Israel or the boycott of any country friendly to the United States imposed by another foreign state. The Israel Anti-Boycott Act would update and extend that law, to prohibit boycotts or requests for boycotts against Israel as imposed by international governmental organizations. This bill is not intended to limit the First Amendment rights of U.S. individuals and companies who want to criticize Israel or penalize those who want to refuse to do business with Israel based on their own personal convictions. This narrowly-tailored legislation is designed simply to prevent boycott actions from being taken against Israel in compliance with major international bodies such as the United Nations and the European Union.Your support for the Israel Anti-Boycott Act would send a clear message that internationally-motivated boycotts against Israel are unacceptable to the United States.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]