Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Dist. 12) has missed the point in the argument she uses to justify her vote against House Resolution 246, which includes opposition to the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) (“NJ representative supports boycotts, not BDS,” Sept. 19). She fails to realize that this is a unique situation that in no way closes the door on other boycotts.
Resolution 246 does not obliterate all boycotts, only this very specific, offensive one. The BDS movement should not gain any legitimacy and the fact that she feels her vote is meaningless — because she voted among a minority of congressional representatives — does not obscure the fact that her “no” vote remains.
Rep. Watson Coleman’s vote is wrong because it gives oxygen to an unjust cause. I stand behind her in striving for justice for all, but here I think she failed to realize that in this instance she is working in the wrong direction.