Rep. Zeldin Applauds Denial of Entry into US for BDS Founder Omar Barghouti

WASHINGTON - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and co-Chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus, issued the following statement following the United States government’s denial of entry to Founder of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement Omar Barghouti:

“We have witnessed the rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel hate throughout the world, in our nation, on college campuses and within the halls of Congress, and whether this bigotry is brazen or shamefully masked as ‘legitimate’ we must reject it wherever it exists.

“Just last year, at New York University, following the student government’s passage of a resolution supporting BDS, NYU’s Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life was temporarily closed after a student issued threatening messages on social media expressing his desire for zionists to die. Yet, once again, NYU, in attempting to host Omar Barghouti, is providing a platform for this blatant bigotry and emboldening a man who compares Israelis to Nazis and, in referring to Zionism, said 'I, for one, support euthanasia,” under the guise of a ‘Candid Conversation about BDS.’

“Barghouti’s anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hate must not be tolerated, empowered or embraced, and I applaud the Administration's denial of his entry to the United States.”

On Wednesday, Congressman Zeldin was joined by Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R, LA-1) Lead Republican of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Michael McCaul (R, TX-10), and David Kustoff (R, TN-8) to announce an effort to discharge H.R. 336, the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019, which would combat the BDS movement following Speaker Pelosi’s refusal to bring this legislation to the floor for a vote.

About the discharge process:

  • On Wednesday, Rep. Kustoff and Rep. Zeldin introduced a rule providing for floor consideration of H.R. 336.
  • In May, upon the rule ripening, Whip Scalise will file a discharge petition and corral signatures on the Kustoff/Zeldin rule.
  • Upon receiving 218 signatures, H.R. 336 will receive floor consideration.

Last month, Congressman Zeldin was joined by Reps. Brad Schneider (D, IL-10), Jerry Nadler (D, NY-10) and Ann Wagner (R, MO-02) in introducing H.Res. 246, a bipartisan resolution opposing the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement targeting Israel.