Anyone up for a quick photoshop to put a Teutonic-looking senator's face under that helmet and change "Kauf nicht" to "Kauf nur" on the poster?
I'm unsure how excessively tangential this is to the topic at hand, but...Congress Considers Sweeping Bills to Fine & Jail Backers of BDS
Civil rights groups are warning a pair of bipartisan bills targeting boycotts of Israel and Israeli settlements would criminalize free speech and peaceful protest. The Israel Anti-Boycott Act would make it a felony for U.S. citizens to support boycotts of Israel and Israeli settlements, punishable by at least a $250,000 fine, with a maximum penalty of a fine of $1 million and 20 years in prison. So far, 46 senators—31 Republican, 15 Democrat—and 234 congressmembers, from both sides of the aisle, support the legislation. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, known as AIPAC, reportedly helped craft the bill and has made its passage one of the group’s top lobbying priorities for the year.
Not to get into the high pressure can of explosive worms that is the Israel/Palestine mess, but I have a hard time registering that this is a thing. Unless I'm misunderstanding it, there's a bipartisan (!) effort to criminalize boycotting a country. Is that even constitutional?
I saw that one. I note that the current government is also keen to make it a crime not
to boycott Iran. That probably ought to be against some sort of rule, too.
Vahir wrote:...to criminalize boycotting...
How does that even work? It becomes a crime to not buy something? To not say something? to express an opinion publicly? to express an opinion by writing to Congress?
Pretty much, yes, for a private citizen.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Huh. Well, never mind that. It's probably not aimed at Joe Bloggs.
I suspect the law is more aimed at businesses, intended to force everyone to stock Israeli Settler Movement
products. It'll only apply to individuals who actually go on some kind of record as giving a damn about related issues
. It's to scare dissenters, rights campaigners and peace-makers into silence, not a precursor to sending the Imperial Stormtroopers to go through your shopping bags and make sure your olive oil was
produced on stolen land. It's going to be interesting to watch the shit-storm if Israelis who do respect Palestinians' human rights
get arrested in the US for not being "pro-Israel" enough. Are people known to have eaten in Netanya's Hummus Bar
going to find US visas suddenly unobtainable?
They sound like good people.
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Guess whoever wrote that would agree, although whoever wrote the bit just before that was having an Ayn Rand kind of day. Still, those Rabbis want to pressure the State institutions to redress injustices? What are they, constitutionalists? We'll have no respect for the Constitution here!
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Our government over here tried the same sort of thing, but they got told not to
by our version of the Supreme Court:
After accepting a judicial review, the judge said Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, acted unlawfully in issuing guidance to restrict local councils from pursuing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel through their pension schemes.
The judge said the department's guidance fell outside the proper scope of Mr Javid's statutory powers, because it was issued for non-pensions purposes.
The case, brought by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), concerned guidance affecting the Local Government Pension Scheme (LPGS) and how its funds are - and are not - invested.
The guidance was issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government in September last year and is directed at those responsible for preparing LPGS investment strategy.
Short version of the verdict: government can't tell pension scheme managers not to care about ethics.