McCully and Obama’s actions put thirty thousand Palestinian jobs at risk

I received this e-mail yesterday from Jay Sekulow the ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice) Chief Counsel.


President Obama’s diplomatic war on Israel is expanding.

First, he betrayed our greatest ally in the Middle East at the United Nations (U.N.). Second, Secretary Kerry bullied and berated Israel on the public stage. Now, the U.N. has created a blacklist of anyone who does business in Judea, Samaria, and East Jerusalem.

This blacklist of Jews and people who support Israel will be used by the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement to further delegitimize Israel.

Now, President Obama may be planning a final betrayal ? unilaterally recognizing a Palestinian state led by a government that funds terrorism…

I did a little research and it turns out that like previous actions by the BDS the people most affected by the blacklist will be the very people that the activists claim to support, the Palestinians.

Critics who thought the U.S. opened the UN?s anti-Israel floodgates by abstaining on a vote condemning settlements last week say an obscure subsequent move by the world body to establish a ?blacklist? of Israeli companies proved them right.

Lost amid the angry words that followed the Dec. 23 UN Security Council vote that critics called an American betrayal of Israel was a Christmas Eve appropriation of $138,700 to fund a database of companies doing business in the West Bank. The measure puts UN prestige behind the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, say critics.

?The types of data they are talking about acquiring would be to form the basis for future sanctions against companies that did business on the West Bank,? Fox News contributor and former U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton told…

The request for funding, first adopted last April, would ?investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory,? which extends to East Jerusalem, and would ?produce a database of all business enterprises? working in territories disputed between Israel and the Palestinians.

Bolton said the database is an ?effort to lay the groundwork? for the UN Security Council to follow up on its anti-settlement declaration by imposing costly economic sanctions.

…The stunning decision by the U.S. to abstain and therefore allow passage of the anti-settlement resolution exposed a deep rift between Israel and the Obama administration. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the White House of helping to craft and push the resolution, which initially was put forward by Egypt, and then pursued by New Zealand, Malaysia, Senegal and Venezuela.

?There is a structural, institutional bias against Israel and approving money to blacklist the Israeli companies is helping the BDS movement ?basically another opportunity for the UN to single out Israel,? former Israeli UN Ambassador Ron Prosor told Fox News. ?There is nothing constructive here?this will not lead to anything but more violence in the region.?

Prosor said Israelis will not be the only ones affected by the so-called blacklist. He said Israeli companies employ 30,000 Palestinians in the West Bank, and punishing their employers will hurt them.

U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have blasted the U.S. role in passage of the Security Council resolution. The House is set to vote Thursday on a resolution opposing it.

?The administration?s stunt at the UN hurt our ally Israel and made peace in the region even more difficult to achieve,? Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, both California Republicans, said in a joint statement.

Confirming the consequences of both the UN resolution and the?American-funded anti-Israeli business database,?Palestinians have vowed to expand the Anti-Israel Boycott Movement.

The American Center for Law and Justice have started a petition:

Petition to Defend Israel and Stop Forced Negotiations with Terrorists

To: President Obama, Members of Congress, and the U.N.

Don?t abandon our ally. Israel must not be forced to negotiate with a Palestinian Authority that empowers terrorists. Jerusalem should be united, not divided.

Don?t Betray Israel; Don?t Cripple Its Borders

President Obama is betraying Israel in his final days in office.

The Administration is using the U.N. Security Council against Israel.

It?s a renewed attempt to abandon Israel, slash its borders, leave it defenseless, and force our greatest ally in the Middle East to make dangerous concessions to terrorists before negotiations even begin.

Palestinian terrorists have launched over 300 attacks on Israelis ? literally stabbing women and children in the back ? murdering Israeli civilians and American citizens.

We must not force Israel into talks with terrorists.

We?re mobilizing our office in Jerusalem. We?re preparing critical legal letters, documents, and filings at the U.N., in Congress, and with the Obama Administration. Add your name today.

You can sign the petition here.