U.S. Rep. McSally Fights Discrimination of Israel
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today introduced legislation, The Fair Treatment of Israel in Product Labeling Act, to prevent the discrimination of Israeli-produced goods. Recently, the Obama Administration issued a memorandum stating it is “not acceptable” to label goods coming from Israeli companies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as having been produced in “Israel.” Instead, the issuance required those products contain the labeling, “West Bank” or “Gaza strip,” facilitating the boycotting of Israeli goods produced there.
“With their guidance, the Administration is making it easier for companies and people to execute a politically motivated and harmful boycott of Israel,” said Rep. McSally. “The Administration’s actions will hurt Israelis, Palestinians, and relations between our two countries. Israel is one of our strongest allies and the only real democracy in the Middle East. Instead of undermining Israel, we need to show we stand with them. I thank Congressman Lamborn for his efforts and all the cosponsors of this bill for their support.”
“I am pleased to stand with Israel today by introducing the Non-Discrimination of Israel in Labeling Act,” said Congressman Doug Lamborn, one of the bill’s co-leads. “This bill secures Israel’s right to label its products, including in the settlements, which protects both Palestinian and Israeli interests and jobs. I am glad to be working with Congresswoman McSally on this important legislation.”
Today’s legislation adds to Rep. McSally’s continued efforts to support Israel and protect against political boycotts of Israel. She cosponsored the United States-Israel Trade and Commercial Enhancement Act, legislation that firmly establishes U.S. policy as opposed to boycotts of Israel while requiring additional reporting from the Administration about companies that participate in such boycotts. The bill also provides important legal protections for American companies operating in Israel.
In August, Rep. McSally traveled to Israel to meet with top Israeli and Palestinian officials and hear first-hand about the region’s most pressing national security issues. In October, she introduced a resolution expressing solidarity with the Israeli people and condemning the Palestinian Authority for inciting an atmosphere of violence.
Read the full bill text HERE.