The House of Representatives approved a resolution that expresses opposition to the anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) movement. House Resolution 246, though non-binding, calls out the BDS movement for its anti-Semitism.
The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the resolution, 398-17, with five representatives abstaining.
The most unusual thing about the vote just might be CNN’s coverage of it.
Notice that CNN calls the vote “divisive,” despite the pretty astonishing support for the resolution. When you read CNN’s coverage of the vote, you get a better idea why the measure is “divisive” in their eyes.
[Minnesota Rep. Ilhan] Omar, as well as Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, have been openly supportive of the BDS movement and critical of the resolution. Tlaib tweeted earlier this month that the resolution is “unconstitutional” and aims to “silence” opposition to Israel’s policies. The movement is a non-violent activist campaign that aims to put economic and political pressure on Israel over its actions toward Palestinians, including calling for an end to Israeli occupation of the West Bank.
Later on in the article, CNN expands on Omar’s thoughts on the resolution, as well as plans to introduce a pro-BDS resolution.
“If we are going to condemn violent means of resisting the occupation, we cannot also condemn non-violent means,” Omar, who sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee, said last week at the markup of the anti-BDS resolution. “We cannot simultaneously say we want peace, then openly oppose peaceful means to hold our allies accountable.”
Does CNN consider the approval of this resolution “divisive” because two of the left’s preciouses oppose it? If such overwhelming support for Israel is “divisive,” what would CNN have thought about a closer vote?
CNN is part of why we can’t have nice things, people.