Saturday, September 24, 2016

Governor Brown Signs AB 2844 Into Law

From our friends at the IAC

Governor Brown Signs AB 2844 Into Law

Moments ago, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2844, the anti-BDS bill, into law. As an advocate of this important piece of legislation, you should be proud. Special thanks to you for your commitment and dedication to this cause.

This effort would not be possible without the leadership of Assemblymember Richard Bloom, the California Legislative Jewish Caucus, and Assemblymember Travis Allen.

And, thank you Governor Brown!
Here are some key points about the BDS movement, the California-Israel relationship, and this important legislation:
  • The aim of BDS is to delegitimize, demonize, and ultimately destroy the State of Israel
  • BDS is alive in California and throughout the United States, especially on our college campuses taking aim at Jewish students and other Israel supporters, creating a hostile campus climate
  • This has become so intensified on campuses that the UC regents took a stand to specifically condemn anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic forms of anti-Zionism
  • In July 2015 the Legislature affirmed support of the California-Israel MOU by stating that collaboration with Israel will foster peace and democracy in the Middle East
  • The MOU reflects the policy of California to maintain a partnership with the State of Israel.
  • BDS directly aims to damage this partnership by advocating that U.S. companies boycott Israel
When enacted, this legislation will prohibit public entities from contracting with companies engaged in discriminatory business practices in furtherance of a boycott against Israel. We firmly believe that public entities in California should not be forced to subsidize discrimination advocated by the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israeli-Americans, Jewish Americans, or others who choose to freely associate with Israel. 

California joins at least 12 other states that have passed anti-BDS legislation, including Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and South Carolina. New York's  Governor Andrew Cuomo has also signed an executive order banning state agencies from investing in companies that support BDS.


Shlomo Ben Hungstien said...

Mazel Tov!!! it just goes to show you that the people who really matter in this issue are on Israel's side despite all the BDS propaganda all over the internet trying to convince us other wise. lest we not forget Jerry Brown also signed a major economic pact with Israel in Mountain View during a visit in CA by Netanyahu lest then 3 years ago. for every dip shit hippie burn out you might see with some pro-pali bumper sticker on their jalopy i can point out to you a dozen ZIM cargo containers roaring down the highways.

Gary Fouse said...

At UCI, the MSU/SJP are running a phone bank calling Sacramento in protest.