Texas City Seeks Promise Not to Boycott Israel in Exchange for Hurricane Relief

Dickinson, a city approximately 30 miles (48km) south of Houstin, has posted residents a grant application for those seeking funding for repairs in the wake of the category 4 Hurricane Harvey. That application contains a pro-Israel clause, which local officials claim is required under a state law implement earlier in the year.

The Repair Grant Application, available on the city’s website, contains a clause that states: “By executing this Agreement below, the Applicant verifies that the Applicant: (1) does not boycott Israel; and (2) will not boycott Israel during the term of this Agreement.”

The provision has been placed in the application due to a law which prohibits the state from entering into contracts with any businesses that boycott Israel.

Free-speech advocates have strongly criticised withholding of relief funds unless residents agree not to boycott Israel, a a foreign country that borders the disputed state of Palestine and other countries, including Egypt and Lebanon.

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