[ Ed. note – Every American should watch the above video, and as you do so, think about the fact that as these people struggle to rebuild their lives, the US government continues sending billions of dollars each year to Israel. The people interviewed live in Lake Forest Park, a low-income neighborhood on the northeast side of Houston. The interviews took place roughly a month after Hurricane Harvey, and as you will discover, the residents there have received virtually no help from FEMA or any other agency.
And if they ever do make it to the point where some form of government-managed assistance is offered, they may well have to prove they do not support the BDS movement in order to get it–at least if the city of Dickinson is any indication. Dickinson, Texas, like Lake Forest Park, is part of the greater Houston area, and as the article below reports, applicants for hurricane relief there are being asked to verify that they do not support a boycott of Israel.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Texas, earlier this year, became the latest state to pass anti-BDS legislation. “Anti-Israel policies are anti-Texas policies, and we will not tolerate such actions against an important ally,” said Governor Greg Abbott at the time.
That’s Abbott seated in the photo below, taken as he signed the anti-BDS measure into law. The signing ceremony, held on May 2, was timed to coincide with Israel’s Independence Day, and perhaps fittingly, it took place not at the state capital but at the Austin Jewish Community Center. Since Jews clearly seem to control the governor of Texas, why on earth would it be held anyplace else?
“Advocates of BDS would do well to learn from the robust business relationship Texas enjoys with the State of Israel. The path to peace is not through hatred, false narratives, boycotts or terrorism. States like Texas won’t fall for such nonsense,” said Charles Kaufman, chairman of the B’nai B’rith Center for Human Rights and Public Policy, who attended the signing.
Kaufman’s comment almost sounds like boasting.
“How fitting that Governor Abbott signed the anti-BDS legislation into law on Yom Ha’atzmaut. As the Modern State of Israel enters its 69th year of existence, it does so knowing that its relationship with the state of Texas is on firm and solid footing. We applaud the visionary leadership of Governor Abbott, who has worked with AJC for over a year to learn more about BDS and how it might be combated through legislation,” said Joel Schwitzer, regional director of the American Jewish Committee office in Dallas.
I have a feeling that as bizarre and absurd as things have gotten in this country, it’s going to get considerably worse. Demanding that hurricane victims renounce BDS in order to receive aid is probably just the beginning. Hat tip Greg Bacon and Madams12 ]
Texas City Demands that Aid Recipients Do not Boycott Israel
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, one of the most devastating tropical storms in the history of the United States, the city of Dickinson, Texas has posted grant applications on its website that would allow applicants access to financial aid from the Dickinson Harvey Relief fund.
The application contains a provision that requires applicants to agree to verification that they will not Boycott Israel, a country “guilty of imposing an apartheid regime on the Palestinian people,” according to a now redacted report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.
“By executing this Agreement below, the Applicant verifies that the Applicant: (1) does not boycott Israel; and (2) will not boycott Israel during the term of this Agreement,” the application says.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has criticized the application an attack on free speech.
“The First Amendment protects Americans’ right to boycott, and the government cannot condition hurricane relief or any other public benefit on a commitment to refrain from protected political expression,” said ACLU of Texas Legal Director Andre Segura.
“Dickinson’s requirement is an egregious violation of the First Amendment, reminiscent of McCarthy-era loyalty oaths requiring Americans to disavow membership in the Communist party and other forms of ‘subversive’ activity.”
Texas recently passed a bill, House Bill 89, otherwise known as the ‘Anti-Boycott, Divestments, Sanctions Act’, which placed restrictions on the state of Texas from entering into contracts or investmenting in public or private entities which are alleged to boycott Israel.