Senate approves bill supporting Israel
The Texas Senate on Wednesday approved legislation banning state contracts and investment in companies that boycott Israel.
Senate Bill 29, sent to the Texas House on a 25-4 vote, was a response to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement that seeks to change Israeli policy toward Palestinians.
Texas should not do business with companies that participate in the “BDS” movement, which seeks to isolate Israel and disrupt its economy, said the bill’s author, state Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe.
No senators spoke in opposition to SB 29 before the vote.
Also Wednesday, the House State Affairs Committee heard testimony, but did not vote, on a similar measure, House Bill 89.
Supporters of HB 89 said the boycotts were an attack on Israel that were frequently motivated by anti-Semitism, while opponents said the effort is a nonviolent effort to seek peace and justice for Palestinians.