California’s State Assembly has voted nearly unanimously, save one vote in both the State Assembly and Senate, to send the Golden State’s first-ever anti-BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel) bill to Gov. Jerry Brown, who will need to decide whether to sign or veto it by September’s end.
BreitbartAB 2844 overwhelmingly passed with bipartisan support in the Assembly with a 69-1 in favor, less than one week after passing the Senate 34-1. BDS is a core element of a global strategy by anti-Israel activists to isolate the Jewish state. (And you can be sure designated terrorist group CAIR will be pulling out every trick in its perpetual Jew-hatred bag to strong-arm Brown into vetoing it)
In a press release issued Tuesday, Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), who co-authored AB 2844 with Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) said:
The action today by the Legislature sends another strong message that California does not tolerate discrimination, hate, or bigotry. It is a fact that the ultimate goal of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is to convince California companies to not do business with Israel and thereby undermine the economy and government of Israel and replace the world’s only Jewish homeland and the only functioning democracy in the Middle East, with a single Palestinian State. This bill helps puts an end to that movement here in California.
“The original intent of the legislation that I proposed back in January has been preserved with this final version of AB2844,” Allen told Breitbart News. “Simply put, that if a company chooses to boycott the State of Israel, California will not do business with them. If a company wants to contract with California, it cannot discriminate against or boycott Israel.”
Allen noted: “Some people wanted to cite First Amendment concerns. It is important to note that AB2844 in no way restricts free speech. Individuals are free to say whatever they choose, but California has the right to chose who they do business with.” Allen, who is an attorney, explained that the principle behind the new law harkens back to existing California laws, namely the Unruh Civil Rights Act and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.
In sum, Allen said, “Friends of Israel around the world should celebrate the largest state in the nation has now passed anti-BDS legislation, which should hopefully pave the way for more states to join the fight against bigotry and prejudice.”