United States (QNN)- A new poll by the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings revealed that Americans overwhelmingly oppose laws designed to penalize supporters of BDS – the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights.
Over 70% of respondents oppose laws that penalize people, who boycott the occupation state because such laws infringe on the Constitutional right to free speech and peaceful protest.
That opposition rises to 80 percent among Democrats but is still remarkably high among Republicans, at 62 percent.
With the encouragement of Israel and its lobby groups, 27 US states have adopted anti-BDS laws.
Similar measures pending in Congress face strong opposition from civil liberties groups.
The poll shows more support for the BDS movement among Democrats than it among Republicans.
77 percent of the Democrats who have heard of the movement agreed that BDS “is a legitimate, peaceful way of opposing Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.”
On the other hand, only 13% of Republicans supported the view.
Meanwhile, Only 19 percent of the Democrats agreed with the statement – typical of Israeli government claims – that BDS is an “anti-Israel organization attempting to weaken Israel and to undermine its legitimacy,” and that some of its supporters are anti-Semitic. While, 85% of Republicans agreed on that view.
This poll confirms long-term trends where support for Palestinian rights is gaining strength in the base of the Democratic Party.