Texas residents applying for government aid after Hurricane Harvey turned their town into a lake are being made to fill out a statement swearing that they don’t support the BDS movement. BDS stands for boycott, divestment and sanctions, and what that means is we believe in boycotting Israel until they learn to behave a little bit more like human beings, vis a vis the Palestinians.
It should not even be a controversial opinion.
But, even if it were controversial, it is totally unAmerican to deny people services based on their political opinion. Next thing you know they’ll be able to deny you service if you hate football, if you are not a Republican, if you like Nickelback, or the Eagles, if your middle name is Luther, if you don’t own an American flag, if you shop at trader Joe’s, if you are following more than 2 iterations of the Star Trek franchise simultaneously, or if you make your own banana bread.
My question is why. The U.S. would never do this with regards to any other country. Can you imagine if they passed a law saying it was illegal to protest against Russia, or China, or Cuba? Well, I guess you can imagine it, with the craziness of the current administration, but I can’t remember it ever happening. Usually, the U.S. government is happy to see people protesting against other countries.
So, what does Israel have that forces the U.S. to do their bidding? That makes the U.S. give them billions of dollars of aid every year? The makes the U.S. delegation to the U.N. block any move to censure them, no matter what heinous war crimes or civil rights abuses they commit?
I don’t know, but it must be huge.