Backlash in New Orleans over a human rights resolution

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A seemingly innocuous human rights resolution adopted by New Orleans' City Council was drawn harsh criticism from critics who said it played into the hands of anti-Israel extremists.

Four council members defended the resolution in a joint statement Friday, stressing that it was not aimed at any specific business, country or conflict.

However, Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued a Friday night statement condemning the measure as Ill-advised.

Thursday's resolution "encourages the creation of a process" to review city investments or contracts involving businesses that violate human rights.

The council's own printed summary of its Thursday meeting noted that the resolution was "in accordance with the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction movement."

Critics noted that the BDS movement is widely viewed as a movement aimed at Israeli policies toward Palestinians.

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