Let’s Get Governor Martinez and our US Senators and Representatives to Stand Against BDS

There are two action items requested of you.  Both will take, at the most, just one minute.  Stand up for Israel.  Do this mitzvah before Shabbat.

 1.  Governors United Against BDS

The American Jewish Committee has launched Governors United Against BDS.  Here is what they’ve urged us to do:

Boycott, Divest, Sanction. BDS, for short. These three letters designate the global movement that seeks to isolate and delegitimize the world’s only Jewish state.

From campuses to capitals, BDS activists are getting their message out loud and clear. Help AJC turn the tables on their anti-Israel, anti-peace agenda.

AJC recently launched Governors United Against BDS, a proactive initiative that puts state leaders on record condemning BDS and reaffirming support for Israel as a vital U.S. ally and important economic partner.

Governors from Arkansas, Delaware, New Hampshire, Maine, and Utah have already joined campaign co-chairs Andrew Cuomo of New York, Greg Abbott of Texas, and Dannel Malloy of Connecticut in this bipartisan effort.

You have the power to act. It takes just one minute to thank your governor for joining the campaign, or urge him/her to do so today.

With a few clicks you can speak out against injustice and stand up for peace.Let’s make a powerful statement that support for Israel remains steadfast—state by state, coast to coast.

Using the links above, it took us only 30 seconds to send a letter to Governor Martinez, urging her to join the campaign.  Governors who have joined are shown here.

2.  Combating BDS Act of 2016.

Use the AIPAC website to urge our senators and representatives to cosponsor (if still possible) and vote for the “Combating BDS Act of 2016~” [HR4514 and S2531]   This is important federal legislation that “authorizes a state or local government to adopt and enforce measures to divest its assets from, or prohibit investment of its assets in: (1) an entity that such government determines, using credible information available to the public, engages in a commerce or investment-related boycott, divestment, or sanctions activity targeting Israel; or (2) an entity that owns or controls, is owned or controlled by, or is under common ownership or control with, such an entity.”

To date, none of New Mexico’s senators or representatives have co-sponsored the bill.~

Stand up for Israel.  Do this mitzvah before Shabbat.

Shabbat shalom.


Footnotes

~You can follow who has cosponsored over time for HR4514 here, and for S2531 here at the bottom of the page with a link.

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2 comments

  1. The US Supreme Court has declared that economic and political boycotts cannot be prohibited. They represent First Amendment Protected activity and are a legitimate exercise of Free Speech. Remember
    South Africa and recently Santa Fe has joined the economic boycott of North Carolina for their
    anti-LGBT laws.

    1. This is a common misconception. Haas, a Santa Fe anti-Israel advocate, is not correct. Here’s a good link to a scholar in this area, Eugene Kontorovich, who lays out the issues clearly: “States have a right to refuse to spend their money on what they view as bigoted or improper conduct.”

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