Victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas Must Support Israel to Receive Aid

by Ivana Maria
Dickinson, TX – Residents of a suburb 30 miles southeast of Houston that was greatly impacted by the wake of the storm must vow not to boycott Israel in order to receive any relief.
‘Hurricane Harvey Repair Grant Application and Agreement’, which was posted on the city of Dickinson, TX website, includes the following clause;
“Verification not to Boycott Israel. 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.”
Many are concern about this being a clear violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution which guarantees Freedom of Speech.
This comes after the growing worldwide support of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement against Israel. This global movement is led by pro-Palestinian supporters who want to see freedom, equality and justice bestowed on the Palestinian people.
For over 60 years, Palestinians have been under an Israeli occupation. The crimes against humanity committed by the Israeli government and military have gone unpunished. The BDS movement, which launched approximately eleven years ago, was created for the purpose to stop injustice and the international support of Israel by boycotting Israeli products, government support, free-trade agreements, ending military trade and international companies involved in human rights violation of the Palestinian people.
Earlier this year, Governor Greg Abbott of Texas, signed into legislation a law into the House Bill (HB 89), known as the Anti-BDS Bill, which prohibits all state agencies from contracting with companies that boycott Israel.
“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.”, – Governor Greg Abbot of Texas.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has stepped in to call the contract a violation of free speech rights.
“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.

22834345_10154756616126695_718439059_nIvana Maria, TLB Editor of Middle East Rising News, is a human rights activist focusing on freedom, equality and justice for all. She speaks for those who are oppressed by sharing truth in order to shed light on global issues in support of humanitarian causes.








Ariyana Love is a researcher/writer with The Liberty Beacon Project. She is Directing Middle East Rising & Occupy Palestine TV news channels. Ariyana is a human rights defender and Goodwill Ambassador to Palestine. She is also Chairman of an international foundation promoting humanitarian projects in the occupied Palestinian territory.

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