Hurricane Harvey struck Texas on 25 August resulting in mass floods which inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people and prompted more than 17,000 rescues.
The BBC has given a platform for BDS to cynically present itself as a peaceful, non-violent, Palestinian-led initiative to boycott Israeli goods such as oranges and avocados, ignoring the real aim of the campaign, which is to see the end of Israel as a Jewish state. "This can prolong the time it will take to rebuild homes", she said.
Applicants for Hurricane Harvey relief grants for the storm-battered city of Dickinson are asked as part of the terms of the agreement to not boycott Israel, a move the ACLU has called unconstitutional.
"The First Amendment protects Americans" right to boycott, and the government can not condition hurricane relief or any other public benefit on a commitment to refrain from protected political expression", ACLU of Texas Legal Director Andre Segura said in a statement.
Bustle's request for comment was not returned by Texas Gov. Abbott.
But Dickinson isn't the only city in Texas to begin including such anti-BDS requirements in official contracts.
HuffPost is hitting the road this fall to interview people about their hopes, dreams, fears ― and what it means to be American today. The city of Dickinson attorney said they are following the law.
The ACLU is now representing a Mennonite school teacher in Kansas who was denied an employment opportunity after refusing to certify that she does not boycott Israeli products.
According to the ACLU, the Supreme Court ruled that political boycotts were protected under the First Amendment in the 1982 case NAACP v. Claiborne Hardware Co.The case involved white merchants in Claiborne County, Mississippi, who, after they'd been boycotted, attempted to sue the organizations and individuals that had participated in the boycott for lost earnings. Residents who are dependent on city funding to rebuild their homes and are anxious about certifying something that isn't true on a government document could decide it's easiest to abstain from boycotting Israeli products, he said.
The law, which is similiar to laws in at least a dozen other states, took effect September 1. Congress is also considering a bill that would make it a felony for Americans to boycott Israel. But critics of the movement describe it as an anti-Semitic effort to delegitimize Israel.
So, why is the city of Dickinson asking relief grant applicants to certify that they are not now boycotting Israel and will not boycott the country while the agreement is in effect? The bill was signed by Governor Greg Abbott in May. But several cities, including San Antonio, Galveston, and Austin, have inserted anti-BDS clauses in their contracting documents.
If you missed the Thursday night matchup between #The Raiders and #Chiefs, you missed arguably the game of the year. Oakland still doesn't have an interception and surrendered some humiliating touchdowns to Smith and the Chiefs .
Watford wasted a number of chances to extend its advantage before substitute Michy Batshuayi headed in the equalizer. Chelsea began the day fifth in the table, a place and two points behind Watford . "It is a really unfair result".
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Amit Malviya, the head of the BJP's IT cell, asked a TV news channel why the Congress has to "buy" support for Rahul Gandhi. Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrashekhar tweeted saying, "Desperate times call for desperate measures?".
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She requested anonymity in line with internal rules. 'The game could end badly, very badly for Rajoy's government, ' he said. The Madrid government is expected to implement measures under Article 155 of Spain's constitution.
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It crashed through the windshield and hit Kenneth Andrew White , killing him, the Detroit News reports. Couldn't they just go skip rocks on the river or something instead of doing something so senseless.
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