In lieu of my usual message, I am urging each of you to take action as described in the message below:
In the coming days, California’s Senate Appropriations committee will decide the ultimate fate of the State’s anti-BDS legislation – whether it will go to the Senate floor and then to the desk of Governor Brown. BDS stands for boycott, divest, and sanction – Israel. Those who are involved in the BDS movement for not only anti-Israel but their rhetoric is also frequently anti-Semitic.
Today, take just one minute of your time to ensure the bill in its current form makes it to the Senate floor and to Governor Brown’s desk for signature. Send a message to the Senate Appropriations committee and urge them to make the right move.
This legislation is not just important for California’s Israeli and Jewish communities, it’s important for all Californians. Discriminatory boycotts and calls for divestment not only incite violence and hatred against California’s Israeli-American community – it damages our state’s economy. Israel is one of California’s top trading partners with over $4 billion in two-way trade in 2015 alone. Israeli technology may hold the key to solving California’s water crisis but if the boycotters got their way we would all suffer before accepting these solutions from Israel. These are just a couple of reasons why this important legislation must pass.
Take just a few moments now to send a message to California’s Senate Appropriations committee and let your voice be heard.
May you have a week of blessings and a Shabbat of peace.
Rabbi Debbie Israel