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Texas: We’re boycotting the anti-Israel boycotters

Texas: We’re boycotting the anti-Israel boycotters

Anti-BDS legislation signed into law on Israel’s 69th Independence Day: “Anti-Israel policies are anti-Texas policies”

The Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is a well-financed international movement launched at the anti-Semitic 2001 Durban conference.

The BDS movement falsely is portrayed as having launched as a 2005 grassroots call from Palestinian civil society. In fact, as I have proven, BDS  traces its roots back to the anti-Jewish Arab boycotts of the 1920s and 1930s, and is a variation on the Arab League boycott that reached its zenith in the 1970s, The REAL history of the BDS movement.

The BDS movement seeks to slam university doors in the faces of Israelis, to prevent cultural exchanges, and to harm Israel economically through economic boycotts.

The battles are being fought at many levels, including in university and college student governments, where the latest BDS tactic is to schedule votes with little notice and around Jewish holidays to diminish Jewish student ability to participate.

There is another level of battle taking place at the state government level, where 18 states have passed various forms of anti-BDS legislation loosely modeled on federal anti-boycott legislation in the 1970s meant to combat the Arab League boycott. The economic boycott of Israel damages not just Israel, but American companies who benefit from cooperation, particularly with Israel high-tech companies. If carried to its logical conclusion, U.S.-based companies such as Intel would have to shut their research facilities in Israel, which have developed many of the advancements in microchip technology used in almost every computer and cell phone.

Yesterday, on Israel’s 69th Independence Day, Governor Greg Abbott signed legislation enacting anti-boycott laws in Texas, as the San Antonio Express-News reported, Being anti-Israel is anti-Texas, says Gov. Greg Abbott:

Gov. Greg Abbott made a strong statement in support of Israel with his first public bill-signing ceremony Tuesday, putting his name to a measure to prevent state contracts with companies that boycott it.

“You can always count on Texas,” Abbott said at the Jewish Community Center here to sign the bill into law. “Any anti-Israel policy is an anti-Texas policy. Texas is not going to do business with any company that boycotts Israel.”

House Bill 89, which got bipartisan legislative support, would prevent government contracts and restrict specific state investments with companies that boycott Israel.

Abbott’s statement included the following:

“I am proud to have commemorated Israel’s Independence Day by signing into law Anti-BDS legislation in Texas,” said Governor Abbott. “As Israel’s number one trading partner in the United States, Texas is proud to reaffirm its support for the people of Israel and we will continue to build on our historic partnership. Anti-Israel policies are anti-Texas policies, and we will not tolerate such actions against an important ally.”

At the time the legislation was passed, the pro-Israel group StandWithUs explained the justification for the legislation:

House Bill (HB 89), which passed today unanimously (131-0), prohibits state investment in companies that engage in a political boycott of Israel and requires all entities contracting with the state to certify that they don’t participate in such efforts. It previously moved successfully through the Texas Senate….

Jesse Stock, StandWIthUs Texas Coordinator, in his testimony on behalf of the legislation, explained the mutually beneficial relationship between Israel and Texas. “This legislation serves to protect the bond and preserve the relationship between Israelis and Texans. Israeli technology has saved American lives on the battlefield, it powers our cellphones and computers, it puts food on our dinner tables, and it protects us right here in Texas from enemies abroad. Israel is America’s greatest multicultural, democratic ally in the region where all Israeli citizens, regardless of race or religion, have equal rights under the law. America and Israel thrive on similar democratic values.”

Texas Senator Ted Cruz released the following statement in support of the new legislation:

“On a momentous day in which we joined our close ally Israel in celebrating its 69th Independence Day, I am deeply proud that the state of Texas adopted legislation to combat the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Texas has sent a powerful message that it stands with Israel and will not do business with or invest certain public funds in companies that participate in this discriminatory economic campaign that intentionally seeks to delegitimize and destroy the Jewish State. This bill strengthens an already steadfast Texas-Israel relationship – anchored by shared values and exemplified through a robust economic and military partnership. I commend Governor Greg Abbott for signing this anti-BDS bill into law and Representative Phil King and Senator Brandon Creighton for their steadfast leadership in sponsoring this measure.”

These state-level laws are symbolically important within the United States, even though few if any major companies acknowledge boycotting Israel. The law, by requiring certification, help smoke-out and deter undeclared company boycotts. The laws also are important internationally, where BDS has has some success — if you want to do business with major U.S. state governments, then you can’t boycott Israel.


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Bravo Governor Abbott. Yasher koach, as we say. People have the right to deal or not deal with whomever they please, but Texas has the same right, and chooses not to deal with those who engage in a business practice it finds offensive.

Bear in mind, however, that this is exactly the same thing that California now proposes to do to those who engage in a business practice it finds offensive, namely helping the United States build that wall. CA has the right to its odious opinions, and to use its economic clout to impose those opinions on those who wish to do business with it.

    SDN in reply to Milhouse. | May 3, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Well, you know, except for the little fact that by their actions CA is aiding and abetting the breaking of US immigration law. TX isn’t.

    But otherwise, totally the same.

      Milhouse in reply to SDN. | May 3, 2017 at 11:22 pm

      CA is not aiding or abetting anything; it is simply expressing its disagreement and disapproval of the federal law. It has exactly the same right to hold that opinion as you have to hold the opposite one, and as TX has to disapprove of BDS. The content of each state’s opinion is irrelevant; all that matters is that both are expressing their opinion by boycotting those who act in a way they disapprove of. If you accept that TX has the right to do this then you must accept that CA has the same right, and vice versa; otherwise you’re a lying unprincipled hypocrite whose opinions depend only on whose ox is gored.

From one Lone Star state to another . . .

    2nd Ammendment Mother in reply to markinct. | May 3, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    In case you ever wondered, there was a notable Jewish community since the earliest years of Texas. While not in the “pager”, part of the museum exhibit talks about the Jewish ranchers.

    ” Jao de la Porta was with Jean Laffite at Galveston in 1816, and Maurice Henry was in Velasco in the late 1820s. Jews fought in the armies of the Texas Revolution of 1836, some with Fannin at Goliad, others at San Jacinto.

    Adolphus Sterne, born in Germany, moved to Nacogdoches in 1826, already a friend of Sam Houston. Although he came to America to avoid military service, he sided with the Fredonian Revolution of 1826 and was soon smuggling guns in dry goods crates and gunpowder in coffee containers. In spite of this activity, Sterne served in public office under the Mexican government and later in both houses of the Texas state legislature.”

      And later, many Jews entered the USA through Galveston.

        Tom Servo in reply to Milhouse. | May 4, 2017 at 8:47 am

        There’s been some interesting research done suggesting that a significant portion of the early Spanish colonists who established large land holdings in northern Mexico and what later became Texas were the so-called “Crypto-Jews”, those people descended from the Spanish Jews who were able to go underground after they were outlawed by Ferdinand and Isabella. Why would they have gone? Because the best way to get out from under the ever watchful eye of Madrid during its imperial period would have been to go live on the edge of the empire, far far away from the constant court intrigues. And the Colonial Governors would have been eager to have anyone from the home country to help them hold down the frontiers, and would have allowed these settlers to establish control over whatever they could hold.

          2nd Ammendment Mother in reply to Tom Servo. | May 4, 2017 at 10:42 am

          The stories of the escape of the Crypto Jews and the lengths they went to both preserving and concealing their heritage are pretty amazing. We have a couple of very good friends who are descended from those families.

2nd Ammendment Mother | May 3, 2017 at 9:39 pm

The Prof found this for me in the “way back machine”!

Note, I found that wall in 2013!

“Hava Nagila Texas Style”

Bibi Netanyahu owns a ranch in the Negev. We have a lot in common.

The demoCraps have linked arms with the Diaper Heads to take over the US and diminish our nation and Israel. OBozo was all for this and Corrupt Clinton was going to continue those policies. Glad to see TX seeing the Truth & Facts and sticking a Thumb in their eyes !!

Paul In Sweden | May 4, 2017 at 12:17 pm

Which contracts and companies are effected by the new Texas legislation?