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After Calling to Boycott Israel, Roger Waters’ NY Concert May Be Cancelled – Haaretz

Nassau County lawmaker Howard Kopel asked county attorney to see if the concert venue has to comply with the anti-BDS legislation

Allowing BDS proponent Roger Waters to perform at a Long Island arena violates a local law against the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, a Nassau County lawmaker said.

Waters, the former Pink Floyd front man, is scheduled to appear at the Nassau Coliseum on September 15 and 16.

The lawmaker, Howard Kopel, asked the county attorney last week to determine whether the Nassau Coliseum lease requires compliance with the county law, adopted in May 2016, that prevents the county from doing business with any company that participates in the economic boycott of Israel.

Kopel, an Orthodox Jewish legislator who represents a district with a large Jewish population, said in a Facebook post that the Waters concert violates the anti-BDS law while calling the musician a notorious front man for the BDS movement and virulent anti-Semite.

In a Facebook Live chat Saturday with the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, Waters said he would play his shows in Nassau, saying an artists rights should not be attacked over his stand on an issue.

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I think theyre gonna fail, Waters said of attempts to prevent him from playing in Nassau County. I dont think, I know they are, because you would have to tear up the Constitution of the United States of America, particularly the First Amendment, and throw it into the Hudson River, or the East River if thats closer, in order for that to happen.

Waters also noted an incident in Miami last week in which a dozen teens from a Miami Beach Parks summer program who were to perform on stage with him backed out amid accusations of anti-Semitism.

Miami Beach spokeswoman Melissa Berthier told the Miami Herald on Thursday, hours before the scheduled concert, that the teens would not be participating, saying in a statement, Miami Beach is a culturally diverse community and does not tolerate any form of hate.

The Greater Miami Jewish Federation in an online ad on the Miami Herald website posted a link to a statement on its website reading, Mr. Waters, your vile messages of anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and hatred are not welcome in this community.

Waters is embroiled in a controversy with Radiohead after he publicly called on the band to cancel its Wednesday concert in Tel Aviv.

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So now American Zionists want to boycott Israel – Opinion … – The Jerusalem Post mobile website

A woman plays with her dog as the municipality building is lit in the colours of the American flag on the first day of U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit in Israel, in Tel Aviv, Israel May 22, 2017.. (photo credit:REUTERS/CORINNA KERN)

Several prominent American Zionists including long-time supporters of Israel are so outraged at the Israeli governments recent decision regarding the Western Wall and non-Orthodox conversion that they are urging American Jews to reduce or even eliminate their support for Israel.

According to an article by Elliot Abrams in Mosaic, Ike Fisher, a prominent member of the AIPAC board, threatened to suspend all further financial support for Israel. Daniel Gordis, a leading voice for Conservative Judaism, urged American Jews to cancel their El Al tickets and fly Delta or United. He also proposed withholding donations to Israeli hospitals, so that They start running out of money and begin to falter. This sort of emotional response is reminiscent of the temper tantrum outgoing US president Barak Obama engaged in when he refused to veto the UNs recent anti-Israel resolution.

I strongly disagree both with the Israeli governments capitulation to the minority of ultra-Orthodox Jews, who wield far too much influence in Israeli politics, and with the proposals to cut back on support for Israel by some of my fellow critics of the Israeli governments recent decisions with regard to religion.

I strongly support greater separation between religion and state in Israel, as Theodor Herzl outlined in his plan for the nation-state of the Jewish People in Der Judenstaat 120 years ago: We shall…

prevent any theocratic tendencies from coming to the fore on the part of our priesthood. We shall keep our priests [by which is meant rabbis] within the confines of their temples.

It was David Ben-Gurion who made the deal with the Orthodox rabbinate that violated Herzls mandate and knocked down the wall of separation between religion and state. He allocated to the Chief Rabbinate authority over many secular matters, such as marriage, divorce and child custody. He also laid the groundwork for the creation of religious parties that have been a necessary part of most Israeli coalitions for many years.

So dont blame Israels current prime minister for the recent capitulation. His governments survival depends on his unholy alliance with allegedly holy parties that threaten to leave the coalition and bring down his government unless he capitulates.

The alternative to a Netanyahu government might well be far to the Right of the current government, both on religious matters and on prospects for peace. Reasonable people may disagree as to whether Netanyahu did the right thing, but I believe that given the choice between the current government and what may well replace it, Netanyahu acted on acceptable priorities.

This is not to say that I am happy with the end result. As a post-denominational Jew, I want to see a part of the Western Wall opened to conservative and reform prayer.

I also want to see Conservative and Reform and Modern Orthodox rabbis deemed fully competent to perform rituals including marriage and divorce.

I will continue to fight for these outcomes, and I think we will ultimately be successful.

But in the meantime, I will also continue to fly El Al, contribute to Israeli hospitals, attend AIPAC events and encourage Americans to support Israel, both politically and financially. To do otherwise is to engage in a form of BDS the tactic currently employed by Israels enemies to delegitimize the nation state of the Jewish People.

Supporters of BDS will point to these benign boycotts as a way of justifying their malignant ones. If BDS is an immoral tactic, as it surely is, so too is punishing the people of Israel for the failure of their government to be fully inclusive of Jews who do not align themselves with the ultra-Orthodox.

Tough love may be an appropriate response in family matters, but boycotting a troubled nation which has become a pariah among the hard Left is not the appropriate response to the Israeli governments recent decisions regarding religion.

The answer is not disengagement, but rather greater engagement with Israel on matters that involve world Jewry. I, too, am furious about the arrogant and destructive threats of the ultra-Orthodox parties in the current government.

I, too, would prefer to see a coalition that excluded the ultra-Orthodox parties.

I, too, would like to see a high wall of separation that kept the rabbis out of politics.

But I do not live in Israel, and Israel is a democracy. Ultimately it is up to the citizens of Israel to change the current system. The role of American Jews is limited to persuasion, not coercion. In the end, we will be successful in persuading the Israeli people to take the power of religious coercion out of the hands of the ultra-Orthodox minority because that would not only be good for secular Israelis who are a majority but also for religious Israelis.

History has proved that separation of state from religion is better not only for the state, but also for religion.

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Radiohead frontman appears to curse pro-Palestinian protesters at show – The Times of Israel

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke apparently flipped off pro-Palestinian protesters at a Friday concert in Glasgow, Scotland, amid a continuing campaign to pressure the band to cancel its upcoming gig in Tel Aviv.

Several Palestinian flags and signs calling on the band to boycott Israel were held aloft during the bands concert at the TRNSMT Festival in the Scottish city.

During a break in between songs, the musician muttered the phrase, some fucking people four times into the microphone in what appeared to be a reference to the around ten Palestinian flags waving in the crowd at the time.

The online music site Consequence of Sound reported that Yorke also gave the middle finger to the protesters from Glasgow Palestine Action, Glasgow Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Radiohead Fans for Palestine, who had also all demonstrated outside of the concert.

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke headline the main Stage at the TRNSMT music festival on Glasgow Green, in Glasgow on July 7, 2017. (AFP/Digital/Andy Buchanan)

Since the announcement of Radioheads July 19 concert in Israel, the English rock band has been bombarded with protests from pro-Palestinian groups calling on them to withdraw from their commitment.

In February, dozens of high-profile artists had signed a letter urging the band to cancel its performance at Park Hayarkon in Tel Aviv.

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine last month, Yorke characterized the letter as offensive and called out its signees for assuming the band is not informed on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Its deeply distressing that they choose to, rather than engage with us personally, throw shit at us in public, he said. Its deeply disrespectful to assume that were either being misinformed or that were so retarded we cant make these decisions ourselves.

Yorke noted that Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood was particularly hurt by the hatred the band had been subjected to over the upcoming concert.

Greenwoods wife Sharona Katan was born in Israel. She described herself on Twitter as an Arab Jew who is proud to have Arab roots as she traces ancestry to Iraq and Egypt.

Since then, several groups have chastised Yorke for his rhetoric and criticized him for refusing to further discuss the topic.

Thoms is a simple choice: will he stand with the oppressor or the oppressed? said film director Ken Loach in a statement through Artists for Palestine UK on June 5.

A cultural boycott campaign against Israel has had limited success. Stevie Wonder and Lauryn Hill have scrapped shows but numerous major names including Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Santana, Lady Gaga, and Bon Jovi have performed in recent years. Rod Stewart played in Tel Aviv in May and Britney Spears performed last week.

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Roger Waters’ Jewish Problem Catches Eye of Award-Winning Filmmaker – Observer

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Pink Floyd founding member and former bassist Roger Waters has spent the last decade disparaging the Jewish state. Labeled an anti-Semite by the Anti-Defamation League, Waters compares Jews to Nazi collaborators and claims Israel is a racist apartheid regime that practices ethnic cleansing.

As the de facto international spokesman for the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, Waters contempt for Israel and the Jewish people is often on full display at his concerts, which feature visuals such as a flying pig emblazoned with a Star of David and anti-Israel rants. When big-name performers announce concerts in Israel, Waters publicly pleads with them to cancel and join the boycott.

Waters has failed to garner support from the music industry. Nevertheless, pro-Israel advocates and anti-Semitism watchdog groups such as StandWithUs and Creative Community For Peace have never taken it lightly when the classic rock icon exhorts fans to boycott Israel.

Waters himself is now the subject of a boycott campaign and a documentary film made by award-winning filmmaker and New York Times bestselling author Ian Halperin.

Halperins work includes documentaries on Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga. For the past two years, the investigative journalist has been making Wish You Werent Here, a documentary examining contemporary anti-Semitism and Waters efforts to make Israel a global pariah.

I started traveling, meeting with different leaders throughout Europe. I didnt know how bad the problem is with contemporary anti-Semitism there, Halperin told the Observer.There are less than 2 million Jews left in Europe, which is very alarminga place where Jews have long been an integral part of society and whose valuable contributions to the culture are immeasurable.

During my research, Halperin continued, I came upon Roger Waters, and I couldnt believe he was singling out Israel when there are so many truly egregious violators of human rights in the world. Why is he going after Israel? So, I began asking people what this guy has against Israel. To me, an attack on Israel is an attack against the Jewish people.

Halperin met with psychologists who work with Holocaust survivors and their families. He described the effect of Waters floating pig bearing the Star of David as unforgiveable for survivors, comparing it to a scene in his film where a three-year-old Palestinian girl is brainwashed into believing Jews are pigs.

In preparation for the documentary, Halperin interviewed leaders in the South African anti-apartheid struggle. They found Waters comparison to Israel offensive and demeaning to their peoples suffering.

Ive met Mandela, said Halperin. Ive met all the leaders who fought to liberate South Africa. Waters doesnt know what hes talking about. South Africans are insulted by his claims. You can argue with some of Israels policies, no problem. But to call for a universal boycott of Israel is deplorable, baseless and unfounded. Its an anti-Semitic attack.

The son of a Holocaust survivor, Halperin was inspired to produce this film by his childhood friend, Dr. Charles Small.

Charles was aware my father was a Holocaust survivor. My dad hid in a cave from age 6 to age 13. His mother and sister died of starvation. Growing up, in my family you werent supposed to talk about any of this and just try to move forward, recalled Halperin. It was Dr. Small who woke me up. And in the course of my research and investigation, Ive never come across a story more filled with hate, prejudice and misinformation than the vitriol that Roger Waters is spewing to the world.

Small is a senior research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Centre for Middle East and African Studies, Tel Aviv University and founding director and president of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy.

ISGAP recently launched a petition drive, Boycott Roger WatersStop BDS.

With over 3,500 signatures at the time of this publishing, the petition reads in part: While Waters speaks about tear[ing] down wall[s], he is one of the leading musicians today erecting the very walls that hinder peace in the region and fuel hatred. This hatred not only affects the state of Israel, but Jewish communities worldwide, as well as all those who care about human rights and democratic principles.

BDS leaders often claim that the purpose of the BDS movement is to champion Palestinian rights. However, this is highly misleading. As illustrated by extensive research and documentation, the objective of BDS is the complete elimination of the state of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. It seeks not to condemn specific Israeli government policies, but to unjustly target Israelis, Jews, and all those worldwide who stand in support of the Jewish state. The tactics of utilizing immoral double standards and strategies of demonization and delegitimization are all expressions of contemporary antisemitism.

We are in a very confused time now, Small explained to the Observer. The old religious forms of anti-Semitism and the racist nationalist forms of anti-Semitism are, for the most part, problems of the past. There are three forms of anti-Semitism, and the new one is the demonization and delegitimization of Israel and Jewish peoplehoodand that has become acceptable.

Small continued, We have to unpack it for scholars and intellectuals but also for popular culture, and that is why Ians work is so important. Through the film and through this project, were trying to wake people up to contemporary antisemitism and get them to stand up against all forms of hatred as well.

Halperins documentaries have been aired on CNN and in over 160 countries. Wish You Werent Here features interviews and remarks by intellectuals and entertainers such as Alan Dershowitz and Howard Stern and will be released late this summer.

Paul Miller is president and executive director of the news and public policy group Haym Salomon Center. Follow him on twitter @pauliespoint.

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North Carolina Passes Measure Opposing anti-Israel BDS Movement – Breitbart News

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A bill titled Divestment from Companies That Boycott Israel requires North Carolina state institutions to cease all contracts with companies that boycott Israeli companies and/or products made in Israel. The bill passed the North Carolina House of Representatives 96-19 following a 45-3 vote in the states senate. Governor Roy Cooper is expected to sign the legislation.

The state of North Carolina has long been a trading partner with Israel and thanks to this legislation, that connection will not be hindered. North Carolina businesses conduct $140 million per year in exports and commerce with Israel, said a joint statement from North Carolinas Jewish Federations.

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US Jews must support Israel against Palestinian human rights movement, but boycott Israel over prayer at western wall – Mondoweiss

We have closely tracked the divorce proceedings going on between American Jews and Israel; and the decision by the Netanyahu government under pressure from its religious wing not to open prayer space at the Western Wall to non-orthodox Jews is exhibit A. Suddenly were seeing an open break between largely-liberal American Jewish groups and the Taliban-style government that Netanyahu leads.

American Jewish groups are furious about the decision; the top story on NPR this last hour was that leading Jewish philanthropist Ike Fisher has demanded back $1 million he spent on Israel Bonds. As Isabel Kershner reports at the Times:

A group of Jewish leaders canceled a dinner with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. The president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the powerful pro-Israel lobby, flew to Jerusalem for an emergency meeting with the prime minister.

But the issue is especially piquant for the growing movement of Jews supporting Palestinian rights. Where have all these liberal Jewish institutions been when Palestinians were getting pushed off their land, shot at, and imprisoned?

Why are the religious rights of conservative and Reform Jewish men and women so much more important than Palestinian human rights? Rabbi Brant Rosen asked on his blog yesterday. Rosen detailed suffering in Gaza and asked:

[W]here is the moral outrage in liberal Jewish establishment over these cruel human rights abuses? While I certainly believe in the cause of religious freedom, I find it stunning that so many liberal-minded members of the Jewish community are more concerned with Jewish rights in a Jewish state than the basic human rights of non-Jewish children who live under its control. Such are the sorrows of Jewish political nationalism: even the more liberal among us seem only to be able to express that tolerance selectively.

Rosen makes an important point about what Jewish nationalism has done to Jewish political culture, turned all concerns inward.

Those values are expressed more pointedly by Daniel Gordis, a conservative Jew and rightwing Zionist, writing an open letter to American Jews, in the Times of Israel. Gordis wants American Jews to get angry about the religious access question and even boycott El Al airlines but to keep their mouths shut about the occupation.

Your job, more than anything else, is to help us stay safe and alive.

Gordis says Israelis dont care what Americans think about the occupation.

You can call it the conflict. You can call it the occupation. Whatever. Your righteous indignation will get you nowhere. Israelis dont care that youre insulted.

Because American Jews have nothing at stake:

You dont have skin in the game. I know you dont like to hear it, but (with a few exceptions) you and your kids dont assume the risks that we do. And that matters. Your kids dont go charging into tunnels risking their lives to protect kibbutzim. You dont lie awake at night waiting for your soldier-kid to get home from whatever s/he is doing, knowing that the only thing you know is that you cant protect them its a horrible feeling for a parent, and youve never felt it and never will.

This is of course the traditional bargain. Israeli Jews have greater weight than American Jews. As Bill Kristol said, who am I to cavalierly criticize Israeli policies on the Upper West Side when theres no physical risk to me? Stand by your man.

As Gordis reminds us, we have to keep lobbying our government:

American Jews ought to recognize that the State of Israel is by far the most extraordinary Jewish accomplishment of the past 2,000 years, and that it has changed the existential condition of being Jewish everywhere. It also faces existential threats. Your job, more than anything else, is to help us stay safe and alive. [W]hat you owe the Jewish people is to help us keep the bad guys at bay. Help us make sure that members of Congress understand what Israel is, the values that it shares with American democracy, the fact that the Arabs and then the Palestinians turned down peace offers time and again.

But when it comes to the Western Wall decision, Gordis wants American Jews to use the boycott tool, even to the point of refusing to normalize the Netanyahu government and threatening the existence of Israels air line:

I called for American Jews to begin to use the power of their purse. Im told that American Jewish money flowing to Israel amounts to more than 5% of Israels GDP. Thats a huge amount of leverage. Before the government arrived at an interim solution to the crisis, I proposed that American Jews consider withholding money they give to Israeli hospitals

If [Netanyahu and his consuls] are part of a coalition that is willing to say that you dont matter, why would you possibly so much as sit in the same room with them? Its time for you to be serious. Which is why I thought that the Chicago Federations decision to do just that was fabulous.

I also pointed out that just by refusing to fly El Al, American Jews could bring the airline to its knees El Al is a critical security issue for Israel. No Prime Minister can let it fail, and El Al survives only on the margins. Simply by buying tickets with United or Delta, American Jews can create a huge problem for any Prime Minister.

This is today the peculiar situation of American Jews and Israel. The lobby is essential to Israels survival. We are never to deploy that power in criticism of Israeli foreign policy. Even when the country practices Jim Crow across the West Bank and slaughters thousands in Gaza, we should fight the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel hammer and tongs. But if American Jews freedom to worship at the western wall is compromised, then we should use our boycott power mercilessly.

As Rosen writes, these narrow nationalist values are not liberal. They are why young Jews are so weary of the Jewish establishment. They want a less parochial understanding of what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century.

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North Carolina state legislature passes anti-BDS bill – The Times of Israel

The North Carolina state legislature passed a bill that would bar the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel.

The bill passed last week by both houses of the General Assembly has been sent to state Gov. Roy Cooper for his signature.

The bill titled Divestment from Companies That Boycott Israel passed the state House of Representatives by a vote of 96 in favor and 19 against, and passed the state Senate by a vote of 45 in favor to 3 against.

The legislation required state institutions to stop contracts with companies that boycott Israeli companies or products made in Israel. The bill also prohibits future work with such companies.

North Carolina businesses conduct nearly $140 million per year in exports and commerce with Israel, according to the North Carolina Jewish Federation.

North Carolina will become at least the 22nd state with laws or executive orders banning state business with companies that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS, against Israel.

Among the states that have passed anti-BDS legislation in recent months are: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

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Ready for some new laws, Minnesota? These began Saturday … – TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

Yes, for the first time in state history, Minnesota liquor stores will have Sunday hours starting July 2.

But July 1 also brings into effect a slew of other new laws, including benefits for adults diagnosed with autism, a ban on state vendors who boycott Israel and a technology update for credit unions.

Read on for a selection of ways the Legislature and the governor changed life in Minnesota this year:

Children and teens with autism spectrum disorders have had access to intensive treatment since the Minnesota Legislature passed a law in 2013. Now, adults younger than 21 with either autism or a related condition have access to those same benefits.

Medically necessary services most of whats included are eligible for reimbursement by medical assistance.

The program aims to develop the behavior, comprehension, communication, support, safety and social interaction of people diagnosed with autism disorders or related conditions.

As of 2011, about 9 percent of children in the state ages 3 to 21 with disabilities are autistic, according to data from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Data Center.

Vendors who discriminate against Israel wont be selling to the Minnesota Legislature or state agencies anymore. State contracts even require a certification of compliance as proof.

If larger businesses discriminate by actions intended to limit commercial relations with Israel, or persons or entities doing business in Israel or in Israeli-controlled territories, their business is not welcome with Minnesota state agencies or the Legislature.

Vendors are exempt if sales are less than $1,000 or if the boycotts stems from a valid business reason.

Earlier this year, all 50 state governors denounced Israel boycotts. Minnesota is joining the ranks of about 20 other states with similar legislation.

It took only a five-word change in state law to allow credit unions to use technology to communicate with their members.

Now, credit unions can electronically notify their members about meetings rather than mailing or handing them notices and members are no longer required to vote by a mail-in ballot.

RELATED: Compilation of new laws assembled by the Minnesota House Public Information Services

Foreign medical faculty physicians licenses were set to expire July 2018. The Legislature repealed that, making the licenses permanent.

The law essentially enables foreign doctors of eminent qualifications to have provisional licenses to practice medicine at either the University of Minnesota or Mayo Clinic, according to Rep. Matt Dean, one of the sponsors of the bill.

We want to make sure any changes to licensing are to protect safety, but also we want to allow people who are really uniquely gifted and skilled to come to Minnesota to teach and practice, said Dean, R-Dellwood.

A couple of years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that during a DWI arrest, it is illegal to force the person involved to take a blood or urine test without a search warrant.

The Minnesota Supreme Court reaffirmed this decision with two more cases.

Now, Minnesota has changed its state law in light of the decisions. A person can still be required to use a Breathalyzer, however.

A new state budget that spends about 10 percent more on programs and services in the next two years than the state spent in the last two years.

New tax cuts for farmers, Social Security recipients and heirs of large estates.

Real estate appraisers have to disclose new crimes involving moral turpitude or otherwise related to the job when they renew their licenses. However, disciplinary data against appraisers will be public for only five years before it is made private, and partial or informal complaints cannot count as formal complaints.

More money to manage plant pests and noxious weeds.

More than $500 million will be appropriated toward improving the states water quality.

Permit for annual use of state parks increases from $25 to $35, and state park day passes increase from $5 to $7, among other fee increases.

Next month, the state will add some new crimes to the list, so dont think about doing any of these things:

Imitate any military member or veteran. That became a misdemeanor.

While imitating, try to order someone around, obtain access to a public building thats supposed to be closed, or operate a vehicle that looks like a public safety vehicle. Thats a gross misdemeanor.

Damage a public safety vehicle. Thats a gross misdemeanor with felony penalties.

Board a loaded or moving school bus and then refuse to leave when ordered by the driver. Thats a misdemeanor.

Enter an area that courts or officials have specified as off-limits called geographic restriction. That will carry a misdemeanor penalty starting next month.

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North Carolina becomes latest state to pass measure opposing BDS movement – JNS.org

A bill titled Divestment from Companies That Boycott Israel requires North Carolina state institutions to cease all contracts with companies that boycott Israeli companies and/or products made in Israel. The bill passed the North Carolina House of Representatives 96-19 following a45-3 vote in the states senate. Governor Roy Cooper is expected to sign the legislation.

The state of North Carolina has long been a trading partner with Israel and thanks to this legislation, that connection will not be hindered. North Carolina businesses conduct $140 million per year in exports and commerce with Israel, said a joint statement from North Carolinas Jewish Federations.

Josh Block, president and CEO of The Israel Project, praised North Carolina lawmakers for standing up against anti-Semitism.

And make no mistake, though BDS poses as a human rights movement, in truth, it is nothing more than an attempt to sow anti-Israel hate, he said. Hiding behind laudable rhetoric on human rights, boycott advocates single out the Jewish state for special punishment. In fact, Israel is the only nation in the Middle East that universally protects these values.

More than 20 U.S. states have passed similar anti-BDS legislation.

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After Calling to Boycott Israel, Roger Waters’ NY Concert May Be Cancelled – Haaretz

Nassau County lawmaker Howard Kopel asked county attorney to see if the concert venue has to comply with the anti-BDS legislation Allowing BDS proponent Roger Waters to perform at a Long Island arena violates a local law against the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, a Nassau County lawmaker said. Waters, the former Pink Floyd front man, is scheduled to appear at the Nassau Coliseum on September 15 and 16. The lawmaker, Howard Kopel, asked the county attorney last week to determine whether the Nassau Coliseum lease requires compliance with the county law, adopted in May 2016, that prevents the county from doing business with any company that participates in the economic boycott of Israel. Kopel, an Orthodox Jewish legislator who represents a district with a large Jewish population, said in a Facebook post that the Waters concert violates the anti-BDS law while calling the musician a notorious front man for the BDS movement and virulent anti-Semite. In a Facebook Live chat Saturday with the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, Waters said he would play his shows in Nassau, saying an artists rights should not be attacked over his stand on an issue. We’ve got more newsletters we think you’ll find interesting. Please try again later. This email address has already registered for this newsletter. I think theyre gonna fail, Waters said of attempts to prevent him from playing in Nassau County. I dont think, I know they are, because you would have to tear up the Constitution of the United States of America, particularly the First Amendment, and throw it into the Hudson River, or the East River if thats closer, in order for that to happen. Waters also noted an incident in Miami last week in which a dozen teens from a Miami Beach Parks summer program who were to perform on stage with him backed out amid accusations of anti-Semitism. Miami Beach spokeswoman Melissa Berthier told the Miami Herald on Thursday, hours before the scheduled concert, that the teens would not be participating, saying in a statement, Miami Beach is a culturally diverse community and does not tolerate any form of hate. The Greater Miami Jewish Federation in an online ad on the Miami Herald website posted a link to a statement on its website reading, Mr. Waters, your vile messages of anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and hatred are not welcome in this community. Waters is embroiled in a controversy with Radiohead after he publicly called on the band to cancel its Wednesday concert in Tel Aviv. Want to enjoy ‘Zen’ reading – with no ads and just the article? Subscribe today

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So now American Zionists want to boycott Israel – Opinion … – The Jerusalem Post mobile website

A woman plays with her dog as the municipality building is lit in the colours of the American flag on the first day of U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit in Israel, in Tel Aviv, Israel May 22, 2017.. (photo credit:REUTERS/CORINNA KERN) Several prominent American Zionists including long-time supporters of Israel are so outraged at the Israeli governments recent decision regarding the Western Wall and non-Orthodox conversion that they are urging American Jews to reduce or even eliminate their support for Israel. According to an article by Elliot Abrams in Mosaic, Ike Fisher, a prominent member of the AIPAC board, threatened to suspend all further financial support for Israel. Daniel Gordis, a leading voice for Conservative Judaism, urged American Jews to cancel their El Al tickets and fly Delta or United. He also proposed withholding donations to Israeli hospitals, so that They start running out of money and begin to falter. This sort of emotional response is reminiscent of the temper tantrum outgoing US president Barak Obama engaged in when he refused to veto the UNs recent anti-Israel resolution. I strongly disagree both with the Israeli governments capitulation to the minority of ultra-Orthodox Jews, who wield far too much influence in Israeli politics, and with the proposals to cut back on support for Israel by some of my fellow critics of the Israeli governments recent decisions with regard to religion. I strongly support greater separation between religion and state in Israel, as Theodor Herzl outlined in his plan for the nation-state of the Jewish People in Der Judenstaat 120 years ago: We shall… prevent any theocratic tendencies from coming to the fore on the part of our priesthood. We shall keep our priests [by which is meant rabbis] within the confines of their temples. It was David Ben-Gurion who made the deal with the Orthodox rabbinate that violated Herzls mandate and knocked down the wall of separation between religion and state. He allocated to the Chief Rabbinate authority over many secular matters, such as marriage, divorce and child custody. He also laid the groundwork for the creation of religious parties that have been a necessary part of most Israeli coalitions for many years. So dont blame Israels current prime minister for the recent capitulation. His governments survival depends on his unholy alliance with allegedly holy parties that threaten to leave the coalition and bring down his government unless he capitulates. The alternative to a Netanyahu government might well be far to the Right of the current government, both on religious matters and on prospects for peace. Reasonable people may disagree as to whether Netanyahu did the right thing, but I believe that given the choice between the current government and what may well replace it, Netanyahu acted on acceptable priorities. This is not to say that I am happy with the end result. As a post-denominational Jew, I want to see a part of the Western Wall opened to conservative and reform prayer. I also want to see Conservative and Reform and Modern Orthodox rabbis deemed fully competent to perform rituals including marriage and divorce. I will continue to fight for these outcomes, and I think we will ultimately be successful. But in the meantime, I will also continue to fly El Al, contribute to Israeli hospitals, attend AIPAC events and encourage Americans to support Israel, both politically and financially. To do otherwise is to engage in a form of BDS the tactic currently employed by Israels enemies to delegitimize the nation state of the Jewish People. Supporters of BDS will point to these benign boycotts as a way of justifying their malignant ones. If BDS is an immoral tactic, as it surely is, so too is punishing the people of Israel for the failure of their government to be fully inclusive of Jews who do not align themselves with the ultra-Orthodox. Tough love may be an appropriate response in family matters, but boycotting a troubled nation which has become a pariah among the hard Left is not the appropriate response to the Israeli governments recent decisions regarding religion. The answer is not disengagement, but rather greater engagement with Israel on matters that involve world Jewry. I, too, am furious about the arrogant and destructive threats of the ultra-Orthodox parties in the current government. I, too, would prefer to see a coalition that excluded the ultra-Orthodox parties. I, too, would like to see a high wall of separation that kept the rabbis out of politics. But I do not live in Israel, and Israel is a democracy. Ultimately it is up to the citizens of Israel to change the current system. The role of American Jews is limited to persuasion, not coercion. In the end, we will be successful in persuading the Israeli people to take the power of religious coercion out of the hands of the ultra-Orthodox minority because that would not only be good for secular Israelis who are a majority but also for religious Israelis. History has proved that separation of state from religion is better not only for the state, but also for religion. Follow Alan Dershowitz on Twitter: @ AlanDersh and Facebook: @AlanMDershowitz. This article was first published by Gatestone Institute. Share on facebook

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Radiohead frontman appears to curse pro-Palestinian protesters at show – The Times of Israel

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke apparently flipped off pro-Palestinian protesters at a Friday concert in Glasgow, Scotland, amid a continuing campaign to pressure the band to cancel its upcoming gig in Tel Aviv. Several Palestinian flags and signs calling on the band to boycott Israel were held aloft during the bands concert at the TRNSMT Festival in the Scottish city. During a break in between songs, the musician muttered the phrase, some fucking people four times into the microphone in what appeared to be a reference to the around ten Palestinian flags waving in the crowd at the time. The online music site Consequence of Sound reported that Yorke also gave the middle finger to the protesters from Glasgow Palestine Action, Glasgow Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Radiohead Fans for Palestine, who had also all demonstrated outside of the concert. Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke headline the main Stage at the TRNSMT music festival on Glasgow Green, in Glasgow on July 7, 2017. (AFP/Digital/Andy Buchanan) Since the announcement of Radioheads July 19 concert in Israel, the English rock band has been bombarded with protests from pro-Palestinian groups calling on them to withdraw from their commitment. In February, dozens of high-profile artists had signed a letter urging the band to cancel its performance at Park Hayarkon in Tel Aviv. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine last month, Yorke characterized the letter as offensive and called out its signees for assuming the band is not informed on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Its deeply distressing that they choose to, rather than engage with us personally, throw shit at us in public, he said. Its deeply disrespectful to assume that were either being misinformed or that were so retarded we cant make these decisions ourselves. Yorke noted that Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood was particularly hurt by the hatred the band had been subjected to over the upcoming concert. Greenwoods wife Sharona Katan was born in Israel. She described herself on Twitter as an Arab Jew who is proud to have Arab roots as she traces ancestry to Iraq and Egypt. Since then, several groups have chastised Yorke for his rhetoric and criticized him for refusing to further discuss the topic. Thoms is a simple choice: will he stand with the oppressor or the oppressed? said film director Ken Loach in a statement through Artists for Palestine UK on June 5. A cultural boycott campaign against Israel has had limited success. Stevie Wonder and Lauryn Hill have scrapped shows but numerous major names including Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Santana, Lady Gaga, and Bon Jovi have performed in recent years. Rod Stewart played in Tel Aviv in May and Britney Spears performed last week.

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Roger Waters’ Jewish Problem Catches Eye of Award-Winning Filmmaker – Observer

Roger Waters. LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images Pink Floyd founding member and former bassist Roger Waters has spent the last decade disparaging the Jewish state. Labeled an anti-Semite by the Anti-Defamation League, Waters compares Jews to Nazi collaborators and claims Israel is a racist apartheid regime that practices ethnic cleansing. As the de facto international spokesman for the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, Waters contempt for Israel and the Jewish people is often on full display at his concerts, which feature visuals such as a flying pig emblazoned with a Star of David and anti-Israel rants. When big-name performers announce concerts in Israel, Waters publicly pleads with them to cancel and join the boycott. Waters has failed to garner support from the music industry. Nevertheless, pro-Israel advocates and anti-Semitism watchdog groups such as StandWithUs and Creative Community For Peace have never taken it lightly when the classic rock icon exhorts fans to boycott Israel. Waters himself is now the subject of a boycott campaign and a documentary film made by award-winning filmmaker and New York Times bestselling author Ian Halperin. Halperins work includes documentaries on Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga. For the past two years, the investigative journalist has been making Wish You Werent Here, a documentary examining contemporary anti-Semitism and Waters efforts to make Israel a global pariah. I started traveling, meeting with different leaders throughout Europe. I didnt know how bad the problem is with contemporary anti-Semitism there, Halperin told the Observer.There are less than 2 million Jews left in Europe, which is very alarminga place where Jews have long been an integral part of society and whose valuable contributions to the culture are immeasurable. During my research, Halperin continued, I came upon Roger Waters, and I couldnt believe he was singling out Israel when there are so many truly egregious violators of human rights in the world. Why is he going after Israel? So, I began asking people what this guy has against Israel. To me, an attack on Israel is an attack against the Jewish people. Halperin met with psychologists who work with Holocaust survivors and their families. He described the effect of Waters floating pig bearing the Star of David as unforgiveable for survivors, comparing it to a scene in his film where a three-year-old Palestinian girl is brainwashed into believing Jews are pigs. In preparation for the documentary, Halperin interviewed leaders in the South African anti-apartheid struggle. They found Waters comparison to Israel offensive and demeaning to their peoples suffering. Ive met Mandela, said Halperin. Ive met all the leaders who fought to liberate South Africa. Waters doesnt know what hes talking about. South Africans are insulted by his claims. You can argue with some of Israels policies, no problem. But to call for a universal boycott of Israel is deplorable, baseless and unfounded. Its an anti-Semitic attack. The son of a Holocaust survivor, Halperin was inspired to produce this film by his childhood friend, Dr. Charles Small. Charles was aware my father was a Holocaust survivor. My dad hid in a cave from age 6 to age 13. His mother and sister died of starvation. Growing up, in my family you werent supposed to talk about any of this and just try to move forward, recalled Halperin. It was Dr. Small who woke me up. And in the course of my research and investigation, Ive never come across a story more filled with hate, prejudice and misinformation than the vitriol that Roger Waters is spewing to the world. Small is a senior research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Centre for Middle East and African Studies, Tel Aviv University and founding director and president of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy. ISGAP recently launched a petition drive, Boycott Roger WatersStop BDS. With over 3,500 signatures at the time of this publishing, the petition reads in part: While Waters speaks about tear[ing] down wall[s], he is one of the leading musicians today erecting the very walls that hinder peace in the region and fuel hatred. This hatred not only affects the state of Israel, but Jewish communities worldwide, as well as all those who care about human rights and democratic principles. BDS leaders often claim that the purpose of the BDS movement is to champion Palestinian rights. However, this is highly misleading. As illustrated by extensive research and documentation, the objective of BDS is the complete elimination of the state of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. It seeks not to condemn specific Israeli government policies, but to unjustly target Israelis, Jews, and all those worldwide who stand in support of the Jewish state. The tactics of utilizing immoral double standards and strategies of demonization and delegitimization are all expressions of contemporary antisemitism. We are in a very confused time now, Small explained to the Observer. The old religious forms of anti-Semitism and the racist nationalist forms of anti-Semitism are, for the most part, problems of the past. There are three forms of anti-Semitism, and the new one is the demonization and delegitimization of Israel and Jewish peoplehoodand that has become acceptable. Small continued, We have to unpack it for scholars and intellectuals but also for popular culture, and that is why Ians work is so important. Through the film and through this project, were trying to wake people up to contemporary antisemitism and get them to stand up against all forms of hatred as well. Halperins documentaries have been aired on CNN and in over 160 countries. Wish You Werent Here features interviews and remarks by intellectuals and entertainers such as Alan Dershowitz and Howard Stern and will be released late this summer. Paul Miller is president and executive director of the news and public policy group Haym Salomon Center. Follow him on twitter @pauliespoint.

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North Carolina Passes Measure Opposing anti-Israel BDS Movement – Breitbart News

GETTY by Breitbart Jerusalem4 Jul 20170 A bill titled Divestment from Companies That Boycott Israel requires North Carolina state institutions to cease all contracts with companies that boycott Israeli companies and/or products made in Israel. The bill passed the North Carolina House of Representatives 96-19 following a 45-3 vote in the states senate. Governor Roy Cooper is expected to sign the legislation. The state of North Carolina has long been a trading partner with Israel and thanks to this legislation, that connection will not be hindered. North Carolina businesses conduct $140 million per year in exports and commerce with Israel, said a joint statement from North Carolinas Jewish Federations. Read more here. Big Government, Breitbart Jerusalem, National Security, anti-Israel activism, BDS movement, Governor Roy Cooper, Israeli companies, North Carolina, North Carolina House of Representatives, North Carolinas Jewish Federations P.S. DO YOU WANT MORE ARTICLES LIKE THIS ONE DELIVERED RIGHT TO YOUR INBOX?SIGN UP FOR THE DAILY BREITBART NEWSLETTER.

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US Jews must support Israel against Palestinian human rights movement, but boycott Israel over prayer at western wall – Mondoweiss

We have closely tracked the divorce proceedings going on between American Jews and Israel; and the decision by the Netanyahu government under pressure from its religious wing not to open prayer space at the Western Wall to non-orthodox Jews is exhibit A. Suddenly were seeing an open break between largely-liberal American Jewish groups and the Taliban-style government that Netanyahu leads. American Jewish groups are furious about the decision; the top story on NPR this last hour was that leading Jewish philanthropist Ike Fisher has demanded back $1 million he spent on Israel Bonds. As Isabel Kershner reports at the Times: A group of Jewish leaders canceled a dinner with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. The president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the powerful pro-Israel lobby, flew to Jerusalem for an emergency meeting with the prime minister. But the issue is especially piquant for the growing movement of Jews supporting Palestinian rights. Where have all these liberal Jewish institutions been when Palestinians were getting pushed off their land, shot at, and imprisoned? Why are the religious rights of conservative and Reform Jewish men and women so much more important than Palestinian human rights? Rabbi Brant Rosen asked on his blog yesterday. Rosen detailed suffering in Gaza and asked: [W]here is the moral outrage in liberal Jewish establishment over these cruel human rights abuses? While I certainly believe in the cause of religious freedom, I find it stunning that so many liberal-minded members of the Jewish community are more concerned with Jewish rights in a Jewish state than the basic human rights of non-Jewish children who live under its control. Such are the sorrows of Jewish political nationalism: even the more liberal among us seem only to be able to express that tolerance selectively. Rosen makes an important point about what Jewish nationalism has done to Jewish political culture, turned all concerns inward. Those values are expressed more pointedly by Daniel Gordis, a conservative Jew and rightwing Zionist, writing an open letter to American Jews, in the Times of Israel. Gordis wants American Jews to get angry about the religious access question and even boycott El Al airlines but to keep their mouths shut about the occupation. Your job, more than anything else, is to help us stay safe and alive. Gordis says Israelis dont care what Americans think about the occupation. You can call it the conflict. You can call it the occupation. Whatever. Your righteous indignation will get you nowhere. Israelis dont care that youre insulted. Because American Jews have nothing at stake: You dont have skin in the game. I know you dont like to hear it, but (with a few exceptions) you and your kids dont assume the risks that we do. And that matters. Your kids dont go charging into tunnels risking their lives to protect kibbutzim. You dont lie awake at night waiting for your soldier-kid to get home from whatever s/he is doing, knowing that the only thing you know is that you cant protect them its a horrible feeling for a parent, and youve never felt it and never will. This is of course the traditional bargain. Israeli Jews have greater weight than American Jews. As Bill Kristol said, who am I to cavalierly criticize Israeli policies on the Upper West Side when theres no physical risk to me? Stand by your man. As Gordis reminds us, we have to keep lobbying our government: American Jews ought to recognize that the State of Israel is by far the most extraordinary Jewish accomplishment of the past 2,000 years, and that it has changed the existential condition of being Jewish everywhere. It also faces existential threats. Your job, more than anything else, is to help us stay safe and alive. [W]hat you owe the Jewish people is to help us keep the bad guys at bay. Help us make sure that members of Congress understand what Israel is, the values that it shares with American democracy, the fact that the Arabs and then the Palestinians turned down peace offers time and again. But when it comes to the Western Wall decision, Gordis wants American Jews to use the boycott tool, even to the point of refusing to normalize the Netanyahu government and threatening the existence of Israels air line: I called for American Jews to begin to use the power of their purse. Im told that American Jewish money flowing to Israel amounts to more than 5% of Israels GDP. Thats a huge amount of leverage. Before the government arrived at an interim solution to the crisis, I proposed that American Jews consider withholding money they give to Israeli hospitals If [Netanyahu and his consuls] are part of a coalition that is willing to say that you dont matter, why would you possibly so much as sit in the same room with them? Its time for you to be serious. Which is why I thought that the Chicago Federations decision to do just that was fabulous. I also pointed out that just by refusing to fly El Al, American Jews could bring the airline to its knees El Al is a critical security issue for Israel. No Prime Minister can let it fail, and El Al survives only on the margins. Simply by buying tickets with United or Delta, American Jews can create a huge problem for any Prime Minister. This is today the peculiar situation of American Jews and Israel. The lobby is essential to Israels survival. We are never to deploy that power in criticism of Israeli foreign policy. Even when the country practices Jim Crow across the West Bank and slaughters thousands in Gaza, we should fight the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel hammer and tongs. But if American Jews freedom to worship at the western wall is compromised, then we should use our boycott power mercilessly. As Rosen writes, these narrow nationalist values are not liberal. They are why young Jews are so weary of the Jewish establishment. They want a less parochial understanding of what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century.

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North Carolina state legislature passes anti-BDS bill – The Times of Israel

The North Carolina state legislature passed a bill that would bar the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel. The bill passed last week by both houses of the General Assembly has been sent to state Gov. Roy Cooper for his signature. The bill titled Divestment from Companies That Boycott Israel passed the state House of Representatives by a vote of 96 in favor and 19 against, and passed the state Senate by a vote of 45 in favor to 3 against. The legislation required state institutions to stop contracts with companies that boycott Israeli companies or products made in Israel. The bill also prohibits future work with such companies. North Carolina businesses conduct nearly $140 million per year in exports and commerce with Israel, according to the North Carolina Jewish Federation. North Carolina will become at least the 22nd state with laws or executive orders banning state business with companies that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS, against Israel. Among the states that have passed anti-BDS legislation in recent months are: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

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Ready for some new laws, Minnesota? These began Saturday … – TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

Yes, for the first time in state history, Minnesota liquor stores will have Sunday hours starting July 2. But July 1 also brings into effect a slew of other new laws, including benefits for adults diagnosed with autism, a ban on state vendors who boycott Israel and a technology update for credit unions. Read on for a selection of ways the Legislature and the governor changed life in Minnesota this year: Children and teens with autism spectrum disorders have had access to intensive treatment since the Minnesota Legislature passed a law in 2013. Now, adults younger than 21 with either autism or a related condition have access to those same benefits. Medically necessary services most of whats included are eligible for reimbursement by medical assistance. The program aims to develop the behavior, comprehension, communication, support, safety and social interaction of people diagnosed with autism disorders or related conditions. As of 2011, about 9 percent of children in the state ages 3 to 21 with disabilities are autistic, according to data from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Data Center. Vendors who discriminate against Israel wont be selling to the Minnesota Legislature or state agencies anymore. State contracts even require a certification of compliance as proof. If larger businesses discriminate by actions intended to limit commercial relations with Israel, or persons or entities doing business in Israel or in Israeli-controlled territories, their business is not welcome with Minnesota state agencies or the Legislature. Vendors are exempt if sales are less than $1,000 or if the boycotts stems from a valid business reason. Earlier this year, all 50 state governors denounced Israel boycotts. Minnesota is joining the ranks of about 20 other states with similar legislation. It took only a five-word change in state law to allow credit unions to use technology to communicate with their members. Now, credit unions can electronically notify their members about meetings rather than mailing or handing them notices and members are no longer required to vote by a mail-in ballot. RELATED: Compilation of new laws assembled by the Minnesota House Public Information Services Foreign medical faculty physicians licenses were set to expire July 2018. The Legislature repealed that, making the licenses permanent. The law essentially enables foreign doctors of eminent qualifications to have provisional licenses to practice medicine at either the University of Minnesota or Mayo Clinic, according to Rep. Matt Dean, one of the sponsors of the bill. We want to make sure any changes to licensing are to protect safety, but also we want to allow people who are really uniquely gifted and skilled to come to Minnesota to teach and practice, said Dean, R-Dellwood. A couple of years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that during a DWI arrest, it is illegal to force the person involved to take a blood or urine test without a search warrant. The Minnesota Supreme Court reaffirmed this decision with two more cases. Now, Minnesota has changed its state law in light of the decisions. A person can still be required to use a Breathalyzer, however. A new state budget that spends about 10 percent more on programs and services in the next two years than the state spent in the last two years. New tax cuts for farmers, Social Security recipients and heirs of large estates. Real estate appraisers have to disclose new crimes involving moral turpitude or otherwise related to the job when they renew their licenses. However, disciplinary data against appraisers will be public for only five years before it is made private, and partial or informal complaints cannot count as formal complaints. More money to manage plant pests and noxious weeds. More than $500 million will be appropriated toward improving the states water quality. Permit for annual use of state parks increases from $25 to $35, and state park day passes increase from $5 to $7, among other fee increases. Next month, the state will add some new crimes to the list, so dont think about doing any of these things: Imitate any military member or veteran. That became a misdemeanor. While imitating, try to order someone around, obtain access to a public building thats supposed to be closed, or operate a vehicle that looks like a public safety vehicle. Thats a gross misdemeanor. Damage a public safety vehicle. Thats a gross misdemeanor with felony penalties. Board a loaded or moving school bus and then refuse to leave when ordered by the driver. Thats a misdemeanor. Enter an area that courts or officials have specified as off-limits called geographic restriction. That will carry a misdemeanor penalty starting next month.

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North Carolina becomes latest state to pass measure opposing BDS movement – JNS.org

A bill titled Divestment from Companies That Boycott Israel requires North Carolina state institutions to cease all contracts with companies that boycott Israeli companies and/or products made in Israel. The bill passed the North Carolina House of Representatives 96-19 following a45-3 vote in the states senate. Governor Roy Cooper is expected to sign the legislation. The state of North Carolina has long been a trading partner with Israel and thanks to this legislation, that connection will not be hindered. North Carolina businesses conduct $140 million per year in exports and commerce with Israel, said a joint statement from North Carolinas Jewish Federations. Josh Block, president and CEO of The Israel Project, praised North Carolina lawmakers for standing up against anti-Semitism. And make no mistake, though BDS poses as a human rights movement, in truth, it is nothing more than an attempt to sow anti-Israel hate, he said. Hiding behind laudable rhetoric on human rights, boycott advocates single out the Jewish state for special punishment. In fact, Israel is the only nation in the Middle East that universally protects these values. More than 20 U.S. states have passed similar anti-BDS legislation.

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