The official BDS Twitter account responded to the bill in a tweet, saying, "The BDS movement for Palestinian rights warmly welcomes the resolutionintroduced by Congress members Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and U.S. civil rights veteran John Lewis 'Affirming that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights'".
She made the announcement the same day that she introduced a new "pro-boycott" of Israel resolution in Congress "affirming that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and overseas, as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution".
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing a diplomatic dilemma with the planned arrival next month of two anti-Israel legislators from the United States next month. "And it is an opportunity for us to explain why it is we support ... the BDS movement", said Omar.
Earlier this week, Ms. Omar, a vocal critic of the Israeli government and BDS advocate, introduced a resolution that would affirm "Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and overseas".
Omar confirmed the details of her and Tlaib's upcoming trip to the Jewish Insider on Wednesday.
"In order for us to have a process of getting to a two-state solution, people have to be willing to come to the table and have a conversation about how that is going to be possible and I think that stops the dialogue", Omar said. However, due to the sensitivity of the issue, the ultimate decision will still be left to Netanyahu, who must determine whether the political gain will outweigh any political fallout created by allowing the two lawmakers into the country, where they are likely to attempt to create at least some form of anti-Israel spectacle. "But truly, everything that I hear points to both sides feeling like there is still an occupation".
Representative Elliot Engel (D., N.Y.), the committee's chairman, accused Omar of "invoking a vile, anti-Semitic slur" earlier this year after she suggested that pro-Israel American lawmakers' loyalty to the country was suspect.
Rep. Brad Sherman, a pro-Israel Democrat, suggested that Republicans have backed away from what had previously been a bipartisan pillar of foreign policy across multiple presidencies because Netanyahu himself has not fully embraced a two-state solution.
"So, you don't regret your words either?" asked co-host Gayle King.
"I do not, but I have gotten the-I'm grateful for the opportunity to really learn how my words made people feel and have taken every single opportunity I've gotten to make sure that people understood that I apologize for it", replied Omar.
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