Friday, July 21, 2017

20 years in prison

"U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel":
". . . Anyone guilty of violating the prohibitions will face a minimum civil penalty of $250,000 and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison."
This is a wonderful example for all Americans to ponder.  In case it had slipped your minds who your masters are.  If you are lucky and contrite you may get to skip the jail time and only have to pay the trifling quarter million dollar minimum fine.

"Bill making it a federal crime to support BDS sends shockwaves through progressive community" (Weiss) (btw, the comment section at Mondoweiss is considerably improved without the ridiculous lite Zionist over-moderation that used to plague it):
 ". . . the bill is about the Israel lobby’s presence inside the Democratic Party, and therefore of the role of conservative Zionist Jews inside the Democratic Party. The efforts by many to claim that the Israel lobby is also evangelical Christians (lately Paul Pillar at Lobelog) is pure deception when it comes to the Democratic Party. Evangelical Christians don’t tell Schumer and Gillibrand how to vote on stem-cell research or abortion, and they don’t tell them how to vote on Israel either. No, the organized Jewish community does."
and:
 "Adam Schiff is worthy of special mention, as David Bromwich points out to me. “He is among the scores of obedient Democrats co-sponsoring the bill. Schiff has a high reputation in liberal circles, but he voted for the Iraq war, supported the Saudi intervention in Yemen, said the assassination of Qaddafi was ‘an end to the first chapter of another popular revolution,’ and approved of Trump’s bombing of Syria. On foreign policy he is a believer in the conventional wisdom of the Cold War and the War on Terror, that’s all; but his opinions have taken on an outsize importance since he is now routinely accepted as the party’s outstanding authority on Russia. He knows Russia about as well as he knew Iraq and Libya."
"Schumer and Macron equate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism so as to target BDS" (Ofir).

How does this work?  Does each congresscrook get a box containing a bag of shekels, a copy of the bill, and an express warning not to read the bill?  Actually, do they have an orientation session for newly elected members where they are instructed to never read any bills they have to vote on, for fear that a sprig of conscience might spring up from between the stones of their marble hearts?
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