A newly introduced bill by California State Assemblyman Travis
Allen, R-Huntington Beach, seeks to forbid all state agencies in
California from contracting with companies “engaging in boycotts
based on race, color, religion, gender or nationality,” in support
of California’s long history of trading with Israel.
Anti-Semitism runs deeply in California government, including
inside the taxpayer-funded University of California system, and the
state retirement systems.
Allen’s bill is aimed directly at the BDS movement (Boycott,
Divestment and Sanctions), and the State of Israel. AB 1551,
The California-Israel Commerce Protection Act, will
require the State of California to divest from companies that
CalPERS and CalSTRS have boycotted Israeli investments, and
University of California campuses openly supported the Palestinian
boycott of Israel.
Even student governments at UC Berkeley, UC San Diego and UC
Irvine have endorsed divestment and sanctions of Israel.
If adopted, Assemblyman Allen said the billwould update
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