A committee of the US Senate has approved a bill to protect illegal Israeli ‘Jewish-only’ settlements built in occupied Palestinian territories.The Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, which is clearly designed with the intent to protect illegal Israeli settlements, was approved by the Senate on Wednesday, according to Al Quds/Days of Palestine.

The act is intended to counter boycott and divestment initiatives, including the labelling of goods originating in the settlements.

The first Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) initiative against the Israeli occupation of Palestine was launched in the US 11 years ago.

Such activities will now be “against US law and consequently illegal”, even though international law deems all settlements to be illegal.

One of the senators who worked on the legislation is Ben Cardin of Maryland, a known supporter of the Israeli occupation who was recently described by Truthout online publication as ‘a two-state faker’.

See: New Pro-Settlement Legislation Pending in US Congress for further info.