Texas city offers Harvey relief in exchange for Israel no-boycott pledge

Texas city offers Harvey relief in exchange for Israel no-boycott pledge

She stressed the state was only following State law. Applicants must agree to use distributed funds exclusively for their agreed upon project, which could including rebuilding a home or business.

In an effort to rebuild, the Dickinson city government is offering grants to contractors who want to aid in the relief efforts - but only if the applicants agree to not boycott Israel.

And, lastly, you will have to promise not to boycott Israel. "Anti-Israel politics are anti-Texas policies, and we will not tolerate such actions against an important ally".

So here's the context: This year, Governor Greg Abbott signed into law the Anti-Boycott, Divestments, and Sanctions bill, which prohibits Texas arms of government from investing in or contracting with any company that boycotts Israel, and must make contractors sign the same verification included in the Dickinson grant application.

"The First Amendment protects Americans' right to boycott, and the government can not condition hurricane relief or any other public benefit on a commitment to refrain from protected political expression", ACLU of Texas Legal Director Andre Segura said in a statement.

The American Civil Liberties Union argues that the Texas law is unconstitutional and is asking anyone who was forced to choose between signing the Dickinson application and forgoing hurricane relief money to contact the group's Texas chapter.

According to the ACLU, the Supreme Court ruled that political boycotts were protected under the First Amendment in the 1982 case NAACP v. Claiborne Hardware Co.The case involved white merchants in Claiborne County, Mississippi, who, after they'd been boycotted, attempted to sue the organizations and individuals that had participated in the boycott for lost earnings.

"The Supreme Court of the United States has already decided that boycotts are a form of free speech".

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Mayor Masters and other officials created a grant relief program so they could best allocate that money, public money that became subject to the same laws of the state aka House Bill 89.

He added that "there is no indication" that the anti-BDS law applies to individual persons.

So, why is the city of Dickinson asking relief grant applicants to certify that they are not now boycotting Israel and will not boycott the country while the agreement is in effect?

"This type of anti-BDS legislation is something we've been tracking for some time and we are aware of", Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, said.

"Congress has also a federal bill, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, that threatens serious sanctions against anyone who support boycotts called for by global governmental organisations, such as the UN Human Rights Council", Hauss said.

The ACLU said that Galveston, San Antonio and Austin have all implemented this law, but Dickinson believes it's the first community to be spotlighted.

Bustle's request for comment was not returned by Texas Gov. Abbott. "That sort of chill is exactly what the first amendment is meant to protect from happening".

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