Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger gives Circular Non-Answer when asked about his Co-Sponsorship of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act
Tonight three of Maryland's Democratic Congressman held a town-hall meeting at the War Memorial Building in Baltimore. During the question-and-answer session one audience-member, Owen Andrews, asked Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD-02) why he co-sponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act.
Congressman Ruppersberger gave a circular response which didn't adequately answer the question:
Today Maryland's newest Congressman, Jamie Raskin (D-MD-08) held a discussion at Saint John's Episcopal Church (Norwood Parish) Bethesda-Chevy Chase.
After the discussion, questions were taken from the audience. One audience-member Thomas Russell Congressman if he supported Senator Ben Cardin's Israel Anti-Boycott Act which could jail boycotters of Israel for up to 20 years. Raskin harshly condemned the bill:
Today Maryland's junior Senator Chris Van Hollen (D) held a discussion with Professor Shibley Telhami at University of Maryland's Hoff Theater in College Park, MD.
After the discussion with Professor Telhami, questions were taken from the audience. One audience-member asked Senator Van Hollen if he supported Senator Ben Cardin's Israel Anti-Boycott Act which could jail boycotters of Israel for up to 20 years. Van Hollen stated very clearly that he did not:Read more
On July 19th, I became aware of Maryland Senator Ben Cardin's bill that seeks to jail BDS activists for 20 years.
Since then I have been contacted by numerous outraged people who want to fight back against Cardin's deeply authoritarian and un-American bill.
We are starting to do so. We will be holding a teleconference at 8pm tomorrow 7/23/2017 to strategize. If you want to participate on this conference call, please sign-up with your email address here, confirm the sign-up by following the instructions that will be emailed to you, then I will email you details of the conference call.
Last Monday was Sine Die, the final day of the Maryland General Assembly’s annual legislative session. We are pleased to announce that the Anti-Boycott Bill SB739/HB949 has officially died! The legislation never even received a single vote in any committee. For the third consecutive year, legislative attacks on supporters of Palestinian human rights failed decisively.
This outcome was not due to any back-door negotiation from insiders in the legislature or because of lobbyist efforts. It was mainly due to legislators (especially Democratic legislators) being convinced that this bill was unconstitutional or they simply disagreed with it's intent. This convincing was largely done by a grassroots statewide movement -- including YOU.