Israel First

by William Skink

With politicians getting down to business at both the state and federal level, I’m wondering which authority is going to be first in violating my first amendment right to boycott the apartheid state of Israel. Montana, or the Federal Government? There is good reason to believe the federal government will get there first. This week should provide some insight into how shredded the first amendment will be after American politicians sell out the constitution to protect the racist, genocidal state of Israel. From the link:

Something that has never happened before is about to happen in the U.S. Senate: there’s going to be a wide-open battle over Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), as part of efforts to end the government shutdown, no less!

Tomorrow the Senate is due to debate S.1, the first Senate bill of the new session, and it contains legislation to limit advocacy for BDS. And everyone is letting down their hair. Republicans are seeking to portray the Democrats as the party that is abandoning Israel, while many Democrats are already lining up against the bill as counter to American freedoms. They know the Democratic base is plainly against this bill, with Ayman Mohyeldin saying it violates our civil rights on MSNBC.

It’s truly despicable and ominous for either federal or state authorities to attempt to criminalize a boycott movement modeled after the successful resistance to South African apartheid. What Israel has done and continues to do to human beings called Palestinians is beyond unconscionable. Does the first amendment not mean anything to Israel Firsters?

In Montana, the threat will only become law if the Governor flips from D to R. Without the veto power of the Governor’s office, Montana will surely become one of the next states to shred the first amendment for Israel.

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6 Responses to Israel First

  1. Eric says:

    Do you hate the Jews now, or what?

  2. Eric says:

    I know you are not hate-mongering, but you do seem to have a chip on your shoulder concerning the Jews.

    I do have to ask though, what Israel has to do with our Constitution?

    I’m missing something here.

    • it’s not a chip on my shoulder concerning the Jewish people, it’s the echo of genocide playing out incrementally against the Palestinian people while the apartheid state of Israel uses the shield of anti-Semitism to smear any and all critics of their actions. when you make it about “the Jews” you simultaneously disappear the very existence of Palestinians from the conversation.

      as for our Constitution, here is the 1st amendment:

      Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievance

      I assume you support the right of pro-life supporters to protest abortion providers, right? that is all supporters of the BDS movement are asking for, those same rights to be respected by elected officials who DO swear an oath when sworn into office, as outlined by the constitution:

      “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
      — U.S. Constitution, Article VI, clause 3

  3. Eric says:

    I’m beginning to understand you now.

    Since it’s on the other side of the world, l really couldn’t care less about their politics, and if the USA wasn’t propping up Israel it wouldn’t be our problem.

    But we have chosen sides, haven’t we?

    History was one of my favorite studies, and I don’t see a easy solution. The Jews consider themselves cornered and surrounded by nations wanting to exterminate them, and they are correct. So I don’t see them giving up any territory.

    Yes, I do support the right to protest abortion clinics, just as I support the pro abortion groups right to support the practice. That issue isn’t going away, and I understand the status quo. I had a relative of mine last year saying that pretty soon, in a generation or two that the demographics in America would change, and the white population would be a minority. I explained to her that it wasn’t going to happen, at least not with the abortion industry going everyday. If you get a chance to look at the numbers, Margaret Sangers dream of eugenics is alive and well. The abortion industry has targeted the minority neighborhoods to the point where minority women have something like seven abortions to every one a white woman has. I don’t see that changing anytime soon either, not with the battle lines drawn the way they are. I do wonder how history will look back on us though. Will they call this period in American history “The Oil Era” or will it be “The Abortion Era”?

  4. Big Swede says:

    Not in our town.

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