Se­nate ap­proves bill sup­port­ing Is­rael

Austin American-Statesman - - STATESMAN AT THE LEGISLATURE - — CHUCK LIN­DELL, AMER­I­CAN-STATESMAN

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.

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