Old friend introduces bill to bar State of California from doing business with companies that boycott Israel
How many of you remember Travis Allen
? Travis won that election
in District 72 in California, and has now used his position to strike a blow at the boycott, divest, sanction (BDS) movement
, which is strong on many California college campuses.
Travis Allen, of Huntington Beach in southern California’s Orange
County, introduced the bill – called the California- Israel Protection
Act – to “require the State of California to divest from companies that
Allen said in a statement that the US and Israel
“have historically stood together as allies due to our unique bond
founded on shared values, a bilateral trade relationship, and our
unwavering commitment to freedom and democracy.
Any company that
is intentionally inflicting economic harm upon California’s trading
partners weaken our ability to conduct business and harm the vital
economic interests of our state. Further, boycotts of countries often
derive from ethnic, religious, racial, or nationality discrimination,
which directly contradicts the values of California citizens.”
bill would also penalize companies boycotting products made in the
settlements, east Jerusalem or the Golan Heights, since it would
prohibit California from investing in any company that is “engaging in
actions that are politically motivated and are intended to penalize,
inflict economic harm on, or otherwise limit commercial relations with
the State of Israel or companies based in the State of Israel or in
territories controlled by the State of Israel.”
Allen said it is
“unconscionable for our state to do business with companies that play
politics and boycott our critical allies. California has developed
long-standing social, political, and economic partnerships with the
State of Israel that should not be cast aside by politicians.”
to Allen, in 2014 California exported over $2.3 billion in goods to
Israel, making Israel the state’s 18th largest export destination and
its largest market in the Middle East.
South Carolina became the
first US state to pass a similar bill in June, and this was followed by a
bill approved by the Illinois legislature in July.
Here's hoping Travis comes back to visit us again soon.
Labels: BDS, California