Press Release: IAF applauds passage and signing of Anti-BDS Bill in Texas

Press Release: IAF applauds passage and signing of Anti-BDS Bill in Texas

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Israel Allies Foundation congratulates the State of Texas and commends Gov. Abbott for signing landmark legislation HB-89 into law today on this 69th anniversary of Israel’s independence.

“Texas’ new anti-discrimination/boycott law is good economic policy, public policy and foreign policy,” stated IAF U.S. Director Joseph Sabag. “This is a great accomplishment for the pro-Israel community, and a resounding defeat for the hatred and bigotry of the BDS Movement.”

IAF salutes bill sponsors Representative Phil King and Sen. Brandon Creighton for their leadership and public service.  HB-89 has set a new standard among the 20 states that have passed such bills. Among other factors, the application of Texas’ statute to all state contracts and investments make it the most effective and far-reaching law ever passed in confronting the BDS problem.

“IAF is proud to have played a leading role in this victory. The passage of this law is the result of more than three years of legal research, policy development and educational resourcing by our experts,” Sabag stated.

Many different communities and pro-Israel organizations came together in order to ensure the success of this legislation. This unprecedented coalition drove the effort by delivering terrific community engagement in support of HB-89. It is important to note the particularly important role played by Pastor Larry Huch and New Beginnings DFW church, where Rep. Phil King first announced his intention to file HB-89 in December of 2015. New Beginnings was a key rallying point that helped draw the support of other churches and Christian faith leaders across the state of Texas.

“Given that Texas is the 10th largest economy in the world, the importance of this victory cannot be overstated. It was truly an honor for IAF to contribute our expertise and educational resources to this effort,” concludes Sabag.

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For press inquiries please contact Jordanna McMillan at j.mcmillan@israelallies.org.

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