Texas city refuses providing hurricane aid to those who boycott Israel

Texas city refuses providing hurricane aid to those who boycott Israel

Civil liberties advocates are denouncing a decision by a Texas city to require applicants for Hurricane Harvey rebuilding funds to sign a statement certifying that they are not now boycotting Israel, and will not participate future protests.

The city began accepting applications October 11 for grants to rebuild homes or businesses damaged in the storm that made landfall August 25. The application is mainly comprised of unremarkable legalities, with one notable exception: a clause stating that the applicant will not take part in a boycott of Israel for the duration of the grant.

"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.

The clause in Dickinson's application seems to stem from a Texas state law passed earlier this year, which bans the state from contracting with entities that boycott Israeli companies or companies that do business in Israel or its settlements.

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The American Civil Liberties Union has spoken out strongly against the rule in the application, criticizing it as a violation of free speech.

Dickinson city attorney David W. Olson confirmed to ABC 13 the odd stipulation was required per Texas legislation enacted earlier this year that prohibits all state agencies from entering into contracts or investing funds with those who boycott Israel.

The ACLU statement also said the application form was "unconstitutional".

The ACLU recently sued over a similar law in Kansas.

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"Anti-Israel policies are anti-Texas policies, and we will not tolerate such actions against an important ally", Gov. Abbott said at the bill's signing, according to his official website. The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously supported the boycotters. Dickinson City Attorney David Olson confirmed in an interview with KTRK that this was the reason it's in there, saying the city is committed to following the law.

Dickinson Mayor Julie Masters told Bustle the city was in the process of "seeking clarification on the [bill's] language from the State", adding the city was compelled to follow the law as it now reads.

Texas is not the only state to make the government's compassion towards hurricane victims contingent upon their political beliefs. She stressed the state was only following State law.

Dickinson applicants have to agree to act as an "independent contractor" in order to receive grant money from the city.

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