Does the BDS movement support sanctions against the United States?

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The BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) movement is a campaign started by the Palestinian BDS National Committee. Its primary stated goal is to put economic pressure on Israel to oblige it to respect the human rights of Palestinians and Israeli Arabs by targeting Israeli companies, but it has also been characterized as hostile to Israel or even anti-Semitic by its opponents.

Most news stories seem to indicate that they only want sanctions against Israel. That said, the United States has supported Israel economically to a significant extent. In 2017, for instance, Israel received the third-most money in foreign aid from the USA, behind only Iraq and Afghanistan, in which the US was fighting ongoing wars.

Further, it seems at least plausible that the BDS movement would view some US military actions in the Middle East, such as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, drone campaigns that have involved many civilian casualities, or the strike against the Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, as being similar to Israel's actions in Palestine.

Have any major organizations associated with the BDS movement, particularly the original Palestinian committee, called for similar actions against the United States? Have they provided a justification for why or why not?

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