The two primary sponsors of the bill are Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland and Republican Rob Portman of Ohio.
At the time, the Hip-Hop scene in Israel was developing largely in Jewish clubs, and DAM in particular got their start performing in clubs in Tel Aviv.The proposed measure, called the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports that the bill “was drafted with the assistance of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee [AIPAC]” …The bill’s co-sponsors include the senior Democrat in Washington, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, his New York colleague Kirsten Gillibrand, and several of the Senate’s more liberal members, such as Ron Wyden of Oregon, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Maria Cantwell of Washington.Which is to say, “the bill would punish businesses and individuals based solely on their point of view.Such a penalty is in direct violation of the First Amendment.” In the Intercept’s account, the lawmakers supporting this bill aren’t necessarily comfortable with putting people in prison for the crime of allowing their beliefs about Israeli policy to dictate their consumption habits.DAM has released more than 100 singles and two albums—Dedication and Dabke on the Moon—as well as an EP—Street Poetry.
Tamer Nafar, Suhell Nafar and Mahmoud Jreri were born and raised in Lod, Israel.
Others avoid conducting business with entities located anywhere in Israel for similar reasons. They may deride it as counterproductive, or disproportionate; or defend the occupation, itself, as a tragic necessity that safeguards the Middle East’s only advanced democracy. Forty-three senators, including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, have decided to take the latter route.
As the Intercept reports: for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel, which was launched in protest of that country’s decades-old occupation of Palestine.
Mahmood Jreri was born to Ibrahim Jreri and Shadia Hassuneh.
Tamer, Suhell and Mahmoud all grew up in poverty, neighborhoods they call "ghettos" in their music, that were full of drive by’s and drug dealing.
The United Nations has repeatedly held that Israel’s maintenance — and expansion — of settlements in the occupied West Bank constitutes a violation of international law.