The U.S. Congress hosted a conference on Wednesday in support of Israeli construction in Judea and Samaria and against the activities of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement on American college campuses.
The conference, attended by Jewish leaders and more than 100 lawmakers, including Congressmen Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Doug Lamborn (R-CO) and Erik Paulsen (R-MN), was organized by the Shomron Regional Council’s foreign relations office.
“BDS activities sabotage the only real example of peaceful coexistence in the Middle East. Employers in my area give work to thousands of people, both Jews and Arabs. BDS is not happy about Jews and Arabs working together,” said Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan, The Algemeiner reported.
“Many would have liked to believe that anti-Semitism died after World War II, but unfortunately anti-Semitism is again rearing its ugly head in the form of BDS,” Lamborn said.
“Enough is enough,” Gohmert added. “We’re coming after your investments and what you’re doing, we’re going to hit you in your pocketbook until you stop this anti-Israel activity.”
Paulsen said Palestinians “need to realize that the key to greater freedom, autonomy, prosperity and peace is a growing economy. That can only come through a strong economic partnership and relationship with Israel. The people who are pushing the BDS movement are the exact same people who don’t want peace and stability in the region.”