California Bill Bans Companies that Boycott Israel

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(RT) — A bill heading to California Governor Jerry Brown’s desk could prevent companies that boycott Israel from contracting with the state government. Activists for Palestine and others call the legislation a violation of freedom of speech.

Companies that participate in a boycott of Israel could be excluded from receiving contracts worth $100,000 from the California state government if AB 2844 becomes law. The California State Assembly passed the bill on Tuesday in a 69-1 vote, with 10 abstaining.

While AB 2844 claims that “it is the intent of the Legislature to ensure that taxpayer funds are not used to do business with or support discriminatory actions against any individuals,” and would also include banning companies with “any policy that they have against any sovereign nation or peoples recognized by the government of the United States” from receiving these contracts, the only country listed in the version of the bill that passed is Israel.

Investigative journalist Max Blumenthal explained to RT that the bill requires companies seeking these lucrative contracts “to certify under penalty of perjury that they are not boycotting Israel.”

The bill’s authors view it as a fight against discrimination.

The bottom line is that the state should not subsidize discrimination in any form,” said the bill’s author, Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) on the Assembly floor.

However, the American Civil Liberties Union doesn’t share Bloom’s optimism about the bill. In a letter sent to Bloom in April, Kevin G. Baker, ACLU’s legislative director, wrote, “AB 2844 in essence proposes an official state blacklist of persons and corporations that engage in lawful politically-motivated speech and association.

Baker also noted that the bill could potentially be more detrimental to government projects than helpful. He wrote, “the bill does not evaluate or give preference to contractors that are fiscally sound; in fact, it specifically disqualifies businesses that may be the most economically responsible bidder simply because the company participates in a boycott of Israel.

Opponents also believe that it unfairly targets the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) movement to boycott Israel until the country ends its occupation of “all Arab lands” and recognizes an independent Palestine.

Baker also noted that the ACLU “would be opposed to a pro-BDS bill in the same way.

David Mandel, a Sacramento attorney, member of Jewish Voices for Peace as well as the Palestine Subcommittee of the National Lawyers Guild, told the Jewish Journal that “if you take the plain language of the bill it will really have no impact at all.

Instead, Mandel believes that the bill is more about a show of force, saying the point is to “try to make a political point, to intimidate people, to send a message.

Blumenthal explained, “It’s been simply rewritten to restate California civil rights law, but to apply to Israel.

But supporters of the bill are not troubled with concerns over free speech.

It is a consistent theme of BDS supporters to suggest that any time anything is directed towards them in the form of criticism, that somehow their free speech rights are being chilled,” Dean Schramm, Los Angeles chairman of the American Jewish Committee, told the Jewish Journal.

Schramm claimed that “Oftentimes, if not all the time, when there’s an entity boycotting the State of Israel, at the core, it’s anti-Semitism.

However, the bill could have potential ramifications for the US beyond punishing companies who support the BDS movement.

If you look at what’s happening in France,” Blumenthal said, “where individual citizens who campaigned for the boycott movement are being brought to trial and how that was used as a pilot program along with banning protests against Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip for the emergency regulations which have now barred protests for labor rights.

This is a part of a broader attack that has to be stopped before it expands outward to the movement to divest from carbon polluting companies that’s being pushed by the environmental movement,” he continued.

Blumenthal also has an issue with one particular message the bill sends. Section 1 of the bill explains its purpose as “[including] but is not limited to, discriminatory actions taken against individuals of the Jewish faith under the pretext of a constitutionally protected boycott or protest of the State of Israel.

They’re conflating Jews with Israel. Who else conflates Jews with Israel? Anti-Semites do. It reinforces the same dangerous conflation that blames Jews for the human rights violations of Israel,” Blumenthal explained.

Gov. Brown has until the end of September to sign or veto the bill.

It’s pretty clear at this point that the bill will be passed by Jerry Brown who has shown he’s capable of signing repressive legislation when it helps his political ambitions,” Blumenthal told RT.

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  1. The STATE OF CALIFORNIA has a FEIN, a Federal Employer Identification Number. It is a Corporation created under federal law. It does not belong to the people of California. The Constitutional ( Constitution of the USA ) state of the people is called the Republic of California ( 1853) . Therefore the people have no say it the affairs of the Corporation. Elections are a fraud because the computers are controlled, either at the source of the vote or at the computers in central collection of voter data. Do you need proof? Do an internet search on the terms related theretofore. Stop denying the fact that our “republic and free form of government ” no longer exists, until you check. The republic is gone. Democracy is gone. We are all controlled economic and political puppets, simpletons.

    • You point out one of the most important aspects of political reality and one that most people will never be able to comprehend which is that we are all beholden to corporate law as detailed in the Act of 1871 when the District of Columbia was incorporated (under the insistence of the Rothschild banks). The District became the seat of our government and replaced our constitution with a corporate charter.

      But, let’s not tell anyone this well hidden fact, they wouldn’t believe it any way as most people would rather remain as serfs to our corporate masters.

      • Thank you. My comments are the tip of the iceberg. Google “Lee Brobst” and get all his writings. He is one of the most intelligent, intellectual, knowledgeable writers on the subject of constitutional freedom, hidden contracts and how to get free. However, the bottom line is ” if you want to give up your social security, in this cold, cruel world, then you will be free. Free to do what? You can not work without a ss#. You can not bank without one. You probably can not attend any school without one. So you are free to starve and live in isolation. Is that freedom? And finally, free or not, the CIA or FBI will kill you if you obtain a public forum for advocating your freedom. Who would follow your advice? Not me. It is like this: Congress gives themselves social security of 80% of their salary, then they retire. In fact, They print and control the money supply in our country as well as all distribution of it through contracts to military and private companies to assist Congress in controlling the states of the union. That makes them “like a god, giving life or death”.

  2. This, even more than the treason of the dual citizen SCOTUS/DHS shows the conscious ones in this oligarchy that the roots of Sewer Nation are being destroyed by Neo-Bolshevism and the Judas Class in D.C.

    • Never forget that the Zionist thugs throttling Palestine are NOT our friends. They sneer at our civil rights while draining out tax money that could be used for infrastructure and the social net.

      • The insanity of it awes me. their history of creating chaos and pitting nations and religions against one another while they, leering in the background spend a pittance to buy the best Judas Classes money can buy:
        Those of the dual world power U.S./”great” Britain.
        Slaughtering their brothers, (Christian vs. Christian – Muslim vs. Muslim.
        All for the synagogue.

        • They’ve been doing that since the middle of the 18th century. They financed both sides of the American Revolution. They financed both Britain and France during the Napoleonic wars. They conquered America by putting the fascistic fool Woodrow Wilson into the White House and getting him to sign the Federal Reserve into law.

          Here’s a spilling of the beans from a century ago…

          http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-06-14/cornering-earth-how-rothschilds-controlled-least-one-third-global-wealth-over-100-ye

          And here’s a path into a lot of history not widely known…

          Mayer Rothschild and the Five Arrows

          Mayer Rothschild and his sons dominate European banking
          Mayer Rothschild and the Five Arrows
          Overturning the European Monarchs
          Rothschild Interests in England
          Rothschild Interests in America
          Rothschild Interests in South Africa

          http://modernhistoryproject.org/mhp?Article=WorldOrder&C=1.1

          • The horror they (obviously) got away with in Russia notwithstanding, (how much in “reparations” do they pay to the tens of millions of Christians/Muslims they “holocausted” for REAL)while the Wall Street pig Roosevelt propped them up with Goy blood/money/honor to enable the “Uncle Joe” Stalins/ Yagodas to add more millions of Christians/Muslims to their demonic toll. Here’s a site you might find VERY revealing;

            http://thegreateststorynevertold.tv/

            Especially when one considers the atrocities committed by the Judas Class in D.C. then and TO THIS VERY DAY for their Bolshevik Jew masters.

          • So you are one of the few that know that before he was a politician, Roosevelt was a banker. I understand he sat on 8 bank boards. (JP Morgan sat on 60, I think.) I also think that Roosevelt knew about the crash beforehand, and that when he started to seek the presidency, he made a pilgrimage to Edward Mandel House in Connecticut.

            I think you forget include the site you were talking about.

          • Okay, I’ve got them and skimmed them. But please! They’ve all got dirty shirts, including the Americans. Hitler’s shirt wasn’t much different in dirt carrying than Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and the banksters, who were predominantly Jewish. Ruling classes are largely composed of very aggressive and nasty people. That’s why they’re the ruling class.

            I guess you noted how Averell Harriman showed up supporting Hitler through Prescott Bush and Stalin directly. I guess that you know that his father E.H. Harriman was financed into place by Rothschild money.

          • Bottom line, I find myself ending up looking repeatedly at biblical prophecy. Especially where it makes reference to Satan as the ruler of this system of things. Mostly because I’ve discovered that most Jewish “geniuses” were average or below and an invention of the kosher media to, I guess, “dazzle” the mostly, (as Israelis recently put it), “dupable” west, U.S. specifically.
            Since I’ve never seen anything “exceptional” about them other than their enormous political clout and more money (through their “unions”/Central banks/nefarious schemes), than their “G-d”, Lucifer, thanks mostly to the “trained Monkeys” and Judas Classes in abundance, it seems in Western Nations’ governing bodies, who have inexorably forced Jew rule/banking (mal)practices on smaller/weaker nations. I’m fast coming to the conclusion that, as The Christ labeled them before they murdered him, this “Synagogue of Satan” is being manipulated and “guided” if you will by Lucifer’s own hands. Not necessarily with their knowledge, but certainly with uncanny results. Almost as if, as the “Goy” are slowly/insidiously perverted/warped by their treachery, their mental acuity is slowed or clouded to the point they actually grovel before their executioners in anticipation of their own annihilation. It simply HAS to be that for, with the exception of their perversion/treachery and visceral hatred of ALL things not Jew, they’re really not all that impressive. I don’t consider myself a religious zealot or bible pounder but other than the Judas Class within the Goim ranks, NO ONE group or person could consistently be than freaking lucky! Think of it, in spite of their betraying/perverting HUNDREDS of empires to the point of expulsion, it’s ALWAYS been a rather “merciful” expulsion which has allowed them to recoup, buy/blackmail/murder until they have the “just-right” mixture of treacherous Goim to again wreak financial/moral/political chaos on Christian/Muslim nations and RE-INFECT nations struggling to live happily/decently. If you have a more plausible explanation, please share it.

          • I don’t think that it requires a religious perspective to see that Judaism is being used to obscure a vicious conspiracy for procuring absolute wealth and power without regard to the harm done to others.

            Here is an interesting perspective from an Haaretz reporter,,,

            Stop living in denial, Israel is an evil state
            Israel may not be Nazi, nor even a fascist state. Yet it is a member of the same terrible family, the family of evil states. Just consider these acts of evil perpetrated by the state…

            By Gideon Levy | Jul. 31, 2016 |
            http://www.haaretz.com/misc/article-print-page/.premium-1.734309

          • All a part of playing both sides of the “game”. Had Christian/Muslim nations dealt with Jews the way they DEAL WITH US, considering them being simply booted out of nations/peoples they betrayed rather than mass-murder as THEY seem to prefer when dealing with “Goim”, “the synagogue” would have completely disappeared long, long ago. with their central banks following closely behind. Hell, we might have saved the Vatican from Pope “Frankie”, his Marxist “friends” and the “one world religion that shill is pushing on us all.

    • Look how easily the Zionists are able to subvert our rights. It is happening all over the world. The Zionist Banking Cabal is the MOST POWERFUL group in the world. Those who control the money, control the world. Our “elected” reps are employees of the Corporate Cabal. They do not serve us, as we may think, they serve their own masters. The entire system we call capitalism is just another form of slavery. It is called coercive capitalism. We have no input in making or changing the rules of this system which was designed by Banksters for Banksters.

      The most unfortunate aspect of this issue is that the people have bought into it thinking it is the only and best way to conduct society. Capitalism is the world’s latest religion.

    • Looking over objective information on the National Socialists, When governed by decent/honorable statesmen it appears to work well enough when compared to the state of corruption/decay/treason so very near to collapsing this oligarchy, I’d be warning about waking up to neo-Bolshevism, the parasitic infestation responsible for tens of millions dead through out Europe.

    • Since the vast majority of citizens within the U.S. happily handed over their morality, decency, fealty to “the synagogue” via their Judas Class in D.C. and began mass-murdering their fellow Christians/Muslims w/o so much as a whisper of remorse.
      Should a government be a religion? hell no.
      Is this government worshipped as a religion? Hell yes.

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