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April 2017: All 100 U.S. senators signed the April 27 "Rubio-Coons letter" (as in Delaware's Senator Coons) to UN Secretary-General Guterres, which among other things praised Guterres "for disavowing the recent anti-Israel report by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia and demanding that it be withdrawn." The March 2017 report, written by two highly regarded U.S. academics, found that "the weight of the evidence supports beyond a reasonable doubt the proposition that Israel is guilty of imposing an apartheid regime on the Palestinian people, which amounts to the commission of a crime against humanity." The UN was pressured to remove the report from its website, but others saved it: pdf. We hope aides read the report before the senators condemned it.
January 2017: On 12/23/16 the UN Security Council reaffirmed the illegality of Israel's settlements by passing UNSC Resolution 2334 14-0, with the U.S. abstaining this time instead of vetoing as it did in 2011. The House and Senate then each introduced a resolution condemning the UNSC resolution. THANK YOU to Delaware's new representative Lisa Blunt Rochester for joining 79 of her colleagues in voting against the House resolution, H. Res. 11, which passed 1/5/2017. The Senate resolution, S. Res. 6, was blocked by Senator Durbin and as of April 2017 has not been voted on. Senator Coons is a co-sponsor of S.Res. 6. Senator Carper is not a co-sponsor.
December 2016: Watch the Senate's "Anti-Semitism Awareness Act" pass by unanimous consent in an empty Senate chamber. The bill was stalled later in the House Judiciary Committee, but may be re-introduced in 2017. The Act requires the Department of Education to "take into consideration" a flawed definition of anti-Semitism in determining whether to open an investigation after a complaint. The definition would include some constitutionally-protected pro-Palestine political speech as anti-Semitism. The definition's lead author, Kenneth Stern, wrote to the House asking them not to move the bill forward because it was both unconstitutional and unwise, noting the definition had never been intended to limit speech.
January 2016: Thank you to all members and supporters who helped STOP the anti-boycott ordinance proposed in New Castle County on September 29, 2015! (Ordinance 15-093). The ordinance was withdrawn by its sponsor in January 2016 and thus did not face a vote at the County Council. See this announcement to supporters in November 2015 after the New Castle County Pension Board voted not to pass the ordinance before sending it on to County Council.
DID YOU KNOW? Israel's summer 2014 war on Gaza: do you think it was started by Hamas rockets? Read more from Israeli intelligence reports.