Senate Republicans Block Biden Small Business Administration Nom Over Ties to Anti-Israel Group

Senate Republicans are blocking Joe Biden’s nominee for deputy administrator of the Small Business Administration, Dilawar Syed, over his affiliation with a group that advocates for the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Republicans and conservative groups are raising concerns about Syed’s board position with Emgage Action, a Muslim-American advocacy group that has described Israel as an “apartheid” state and lobbied against legislation that would penalize U.S. companies for boycotting Israel.

“As a board member of Emgage Action, Dilawar Syed has embraced the hateful [Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions] movement and anti-Semitic rhetoric calling Israel an ‘apartheid’ state,” said Tom Jones, the founder of the American Accountability Foundation, a nonprofit group that conducts oversight on the federal government.

Republicans on the Senate Small Business Committee were no-shows at a Thursday hearing for the nominee, preventing the committee from reaching a quorum necessary to move forward with a vote. GOP senators said that they will stall Syed’s confirmation not only because of his anti-Israel activism but also because he has not committed to recovering around $100 million in taxpayer-funded loans they say were illegally issued to Planned Parenthood. The Biden administration is under fire for awarding Planned Parenthood this cash via the COVID relief program, even though the organization was ineligible to receive these funds.

Syed’s connection to Emgage, “paired with his lack of a commitment to recover PPP funds illegally allocated to Planned Parenthood, should immediately disqualify him as deputy administrator of the small business administration,” said Jones.

Emgage Action has described the BDS movement as a “constitutionally protected nonviolent response that seeks to end the occupation” and says it “support[s] the right to boycott, divest, and sanction, as well as the Right of Return of Palestinians.” The organization describes Israel as an “apartheid” state, saying on its website that Palestinians “continue to suffer under racist, undemocratic Israeli apartheid rule that steals their land and destroys their homes to make way for illegal Jewish settlements.”

While Syed has said during his confirmation process that he does not support the anti-Israel BDS movement, critics say that Emgage Action has issued inflammatory statements about Israel since Syed’s confirmation hearing in April, even though Syed still sits on the board. Eight Republican senators in June wrote to Democratic committee chairman Ben Cardin (Md.) to request a follow-up hearing to address their concerns about Emgage Action’s comments.

Emgage Action “has since made alarming statements that have members of your committee and the small business community that we represent seriously concerned,” wrote the senators.

The letter cited the group’s defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) after she in June compared Israel and the United States to the Taliban. Emgage Action in a Twitter post described Omar’s comments as “standing up for human rights” and “calling out state violence.”

Emgage Action and a coalition of progressive activist groups released a statement Thursday that slams Republicans for blocking Syed’s confirmation, calling him “a historic nomination for the Muslim and Asian American Pacific Islander communities.”

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  1. Hmmm

    The strange thing about “Boycotting” is that way back in 1982 in NAACP vs. Claiborne Hardware in a unanimous ruling, the United States Supreme Court ruled that “Boycotting” IS A CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED RIGHT…Which means in no uncertain terms that every single State law which in any way attempts to limit or ban boycotting israel IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL ON ITS FACE!

    But what should be terrifying to every American is the fact that the very same people who claim Americans don’t freedom of speech if it involves criticizing “Israel” have been exercising that right to boycott other countries in the Middle East. To describe this as a double standard simply doesn’t not do justice to the utter hypocrisy of the position of zionists who continue to lead the charge to sacrifice our Constitutionally protected right to freedom of speech on the alter of a bigoted, hate-filled, jewish supremacist Apartheid State called Israel… Without question, such a position is in fact outright treason, not to mention sedition…

    Come to think of it, no less that the zio-fascist “I am a zionist” demented joe has been arguing that Conservative States should have recently enacted Abortion restrictions struck down based solely on the basis of previous Supreme Court rulings that run contrary to those rulings.

    SO HOW COME THAT “LOGIC” DOESN’T APPLY TO “BOYCOTTING? Particularly when you take into account that the right to Boycotting was a unanimous 8-0 vote while Roe vs. Wade split the court…Why isn’t the President fulfilling his duty to uphold and defend the Constitution which among other things requires equal treatment under the law…

    The last time I looked there was no provision in the Constitution or Bill of Rights granted the chosen few a single solitary Right or Freedom not granted to every other citizen. So why are ” blatantly unconstitutional anti-boycotting “laws” which clearly violate our 1st Amendment Rights but solely benefit a chosen few and their favorite foreign country allowed to be enacted, let alone stand?