April 10, 2019      4:20 PM
Bill to narrow the scope of Phil King's anti-boycott of Israel law draws heat
Rep. Wu says it's not about whether Texas supports Israel but whether lawmakers support the Constitution; King says the change is needed to allow individuals to exercise their right of free speech
bill narrowing the scope of a law barring government contracts with businesses
boycotting Israel passed in the Texas House today after a debate centered
on its constitutionality.
House Bill 793 by Redistricting Committee Chairman Phil King, R-Weatherford, amends the law –– which King authored
last session –– targeting companies engaged in the boycott, divestment and
sanctions movement of Israel.
say the BDS movement against Israel is meant to pressure the country to
acknowledge Palestinians by suppressing their speech and occupying their
territory. They equate it to the BDS movement against South Africa in the
1990s. Some opponents say the movement is anti-Semitic.
Gene Wu, D-Houston, and other
Democrats peppered Chairman King with questions.
By James Russell