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Congressman John Larson on the Wrong Side of the First Amendment & Justice

This non-binding resolution, cynically titled, “Opposing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement targeting Israel” conflates legitimate criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism and distorts and slanders the non-violent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement that seeks freedom, justice and equality for the people of Palestine and Israel.

On April 5, 2019 a delegation of nine activists from the Connecticut Peace & Solidarity Coalition met with Congressman Larson and his aide Conor Quinn to address Bills and Resolutions pending before Congress. The group specifically requested Congressman Larson to not co-sponsor or vote for H.R. Resolution 246. In a follow-up email two days later, Congressman Larson was again asked to refrain from supporting H. Res. 246. The group also met in Congressman Larson’s Hartford Office on May 16, 2019 with Mr. Quinn and again urged Congressman Larson to refrain from supporting H. Res. 246. However, that very day, Congressman Larson placed himself on the wrong side of the First Amendment and social justice by adding his support to H.Res. 246.

Not surprising the American Israel Political Affairs Committee (AIPAC) supports H. Res. 246. The Resolution gives the right-wing government of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, a close ally of President Trump, the green light to continue attacks on Palestinians. It lends legitimacy to attacks on First Amendment-protected speech for social justice and undermines efforts to work towards human rights and a just peace between Israel and Palestine. Such resolution is contrary to the interest of America and is contrary to the interest of Palestinians and Israelis.

Contact Congressman Larson’s office [202-225-2265] and let him know that he is wrong to support H. Res. 246 and that he should remove his name from co-sponsoring this regressive resolution.

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