WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement today after the New Orleans City Council voted to rescind the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) resolution it passed two weeks ago at the behest of the Palestinian Solidarity Committee:
“Anti-Semitic, far-left activists wrote this crazy resolution, and it should have never seen the light of day,” said Dr. Cassidy. “I’m glad the city council listened to the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and the Anti-Defamation League and reversed its embarrassing endorsement of the anti-Israel BDS movement. Going forward, I hope they’ll refuse any invitation to align the great city of New Orleans with a Palestinian government that routinely sponsors terrorism and encourages the murder of Jews.”
On January 12, Cassidy called for the council to reverse its decision.
Cassidy is one of 51 cosponsors of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720), a bipartisan bill that seeks to counter the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.
Bloomberg’s Eli Lake has detailed how “the Palestinian government … encourages [murder] as a legitimate act of resistance.” In July 2017, the New York Post reported that the “Palestinian Authority is now using half of its foreign aid to reward terrorism.”