The Israel Affairs Committee of Tikvat Israel encourages congregants to read the following ACTION ALERT about a bill in the Maryland State Legislature to counter the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement. Learn more about the issue by reading the JCRC fact sheet on BDS. The ACTION ALERT includes a link that gives more information on how to contact your state representatives and senators to urge them to support HB 949 and SB 739.
A measure to counter the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement is now being introduced in the Maryland State Legislature. It needs our active support and it is imperative that you contact your senators and delegates to ask them to vote for it. In the House, the bill is designated HB 949 and in the Senate, its designation is SB 739.
The bills would stop Maryland’s retirement and pension system from investing in companies that participate in the discriminatory boycott, divestment and sanctions efforts against the State of Israel and it would prohibit such companies from securing procurement contracts with the State of Maryland.
This legislation is similar to laws approved previously by the Maryland General Assembly related to divestment and sanctions in Sudan and Iran. In fact, this legislation seeks to amend the existing procurement and pension investment laws to include companies that are boycotting Israel.
Supporters of BDS want to delegitimize the democratic State of Israel in order to eliminate the Jewish homeland. Israel is a vital ally and economic partner of both the US and Maryland and actively encouraging passage of these bills into law will help demonstrate Maryland’s commitment to the only democracy in the Middle East.
If you know who your representative and senator are, please write, call and /or email them urging them to support HB 949 and SB 739. If you don’t know who your legislators are, here’ s how you can find out. For members of the House and Senate go to the following link. You can click on the names of the Montgomery County Representatives and Senators and a screen will come up with a way to call, email or write to them directly.
There are legislators already being called to vote against these bills and support the BDS movement. As Americans and as Jews we have a strong interest in making sure that Israel is protected against those who wish to destroy the only real democracy in the Mid-East and America’s longstanding partner and ally in the war against terrorism.
Legislators listen to constituents. If they do not hear from us, they then can assume that we have no interest in the matter. For Israel, for America and for Maryland we cannot stand by and let the anti Israel BDF movement have a clear field. For more information about BDS, please read the JCRC’s fact sheet that accompanies this Action Alert.