Individuals and companies in a Houston suburb is not going to obtain funds donated to Hurricane Harvey aid efforts in the event that they help the boycott of Israel.
Town of Dickinson, Texas lately posted functions on-line for aid grants “from the funds that have been generously donated to the Dickinson Harvey Reduction Fund,” the metropolis’s web site mentioned.
Nevertheless the software features a provision requiring candidates to certify in writing that they won’t participate within the boycott of Israel.
“By executing this Settlement beneath, the Applicant verifies that the Applicant: (1) doesn’t boycott Israel; and (2) is not going to boycott Israel in the course of the time period of this Settlement,” learn the appliance type.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) criticized town’s situation as a violation of free speech rights.
“Dickinson’s requirement is an egregious violation of the First Modification, harking back to McCarthy-era loyalty oaths requiring People to disavow membership within the Communist social gathering and different types of ‘subversive’ exercise,” mentioned ACLU of Texas Authorized Director Andre Segura.
The clause probably stems from a Texas legislation handed in Might that requires all state contractors to certify that they don’t seem to be collaborating in boycotts of Israel.
“As Israel’s No. 1 buying and selling accomplice in america, Texas is proud to reaffirm its help for the folks of Israel and we’ll proceed to construct on our historic partnership… Anti-Israel insurance policies are anti-Texas insurance policies, and we is not going to tolerate such actions in opposition to an necessary ally,” mentioned Governor Greg Abbott on the signing ceremony.
Dickinson is likely one of the hardest hit cities within the Houston space, in keeping with a September report from KTRK. Some 7,000 properties and 88 companies have been severely broken, mentioned the native police division. The small city is house to simply 20,000 folks.