Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06), co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, released the following statement after President Obama signed into law Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, which contains provisions authored by Roskam to combat the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. These provisions, which were originally introduced as Roskam's H.R. 825, the U.S.-Israel Trade and Commercial Enhancement Act, were unanimously adopted into the House and Senate versions of TPA in April.
"This is an historic milestone in the fight against Israel's enemies, as American opposition to insidious efforts to demonize and isolate the Jewish state is now the law of the land. The bipartisan bill enacted today conditions any free trade agreement with the European Union on its rejection of BDS. This will force companies like telecom giant Orange, which is partially owned by the French government, to think twice before engaging in economic warfare against Israel. No longer will these companies be able to freely attack a key U.S. ally without consequence. Nevertheless, what we accomplished today is just the beginning. As the BDS movement continues to evolve, so too must our response. I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure the U.S.-Israel relationship remains strong now and in the future."
A broad, bipartisan coalition of outside pro-Israel groups and activists supported the Roskam language, including AIPAC, Ambassador Michael Oren, AJC, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, The Israel Project, Stand With Us, Zionist Organization of America, Republican Jewish Coalition, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, Endowment for Middle East Truth, Act! for America, and Jewish War Veterans.