Originally Posted by FLMountainMan
Sure, because if you don't like to pick on Jews, you must be a a lunatic Israel-firster.
This came after the FSU student body voted to support BDS. Probably using iPhones made in China and an app made in Israel.
The text of the legislation certainly proves my points. Thanks for posting it.
1. Private businesses can choose to do business - or not to do business - with any other country or entity at any time, for any reason. Governments are not afforded that luxury - they are obligated to treat businesses (and by extension their owners - remember that Romney's "corporations are people" statement is factually true if clumsily stated) equally under the law.
2. Government dictating to businesses how they may conduct themselves on matters of social justice has a chilling effect on free speech and free association.
3. States are out of their depth trying to affect international commerce, purview over which the Constitution grants to Congress.
4. Equating BDS with "anti-Semitism" - as this legislation does multiple times in its preamble, is absurd. BDS is about an occupation that has lasted since Bobby Kennedy was alive and Ted Cruz hadn't yet been conceived. It is about children being bombed as they play soccer on the beach. It is about houses being bulldozed by the hundreds, being rebuilt by their rightful owners, and being bulldozed yet again. Israel wants to have it both ways: it wants to portray itself as a "secular democracy" , yet it calls itself "the Jewish state" when it wants to deflect any criticism of the actions of its hardline government. It can't have it both ways. If you want to be a "secular democracy" then either return to the 1967 borders and grant a Right of Return, or formally annex all the occupied territories, grant citizenship and absolute equality to all peoples living both within the 1967 borders and the territories, and deal with the consequences when a coalition of Arabs, Christians and moderate Jews kicks Bibi to the curb. If you want to be a "Jewish state" then acknowledge that the real power in your country isn't controlled by the people but by a shadow government of hardline theologians, just like Iran.
5. If this legislation passes, be prepared to shell out a boatload of taxpayer money to government lawyers, plaintiffs lawyers, and the companies who fight it and win.
Edited by NickCarraway - 2/5/16 at 7:48am