- 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.||Document|
|Mark Dubowitz||Executive Director||Foundation for Defense of Democracies||Document|
|Eugene Kontorovich||Professor of Law||Northwestern University, School of Law||Document|
|Matthew Duss||President||Foundation for Middle East Peace||Document|