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Hearing Hearing Date: July 28, 2015 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn HOB

Impact of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement

Impact of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement
July 28, 2015
2:00 pm
2154 Rayburn HOB


  •  To better understand the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, and review the economic impact of the Movement on American and Israeli businesses. 
  • To review how the goals of BDS may or may not be affected by International Trade Law, U.S. federal law, and state law. 
  • To seek to establish the formal position of the Administration with regard to BDS.
  • To review potential actions by the Department of State to maintain free and open trade among the U.S., Europe, and Israel.


  • BDS is an economic campaign designed to apply pressure on Israel in connection with its negotiations with the Palestinians. 
  • The BDS Movement has impacted Israeli businesses and manufacturers, especially those operating in Israeli-occupied territories.  Certain American companies have also been impacted by the BDS Movement.
  • The recent Trade Promotion Authority legislation included language directing U.S. trade negotiators to discourage foreign partners from supporting the BDS Movement.
  • The U.S. government’s position on the BDS Movement is an open question.
Witnesses and testimonies: Daniel Birnbaum

Chief Executive Officer
SodaStream International Ltd.


Mark Dubowitz

Executive Director
Foundation for Defense of Democracies


Eugene Kontorovich

Professor of Law
Northwestern University, School of Law


Matthew Duss

Foundation for Middle East Peace


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