A pro-Israel activist and terrorism expert says an organization with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood "has no leg to stand on" in suing the state of Texas for passing an anti-BDS law.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced Monday that it is challenging the Lone Star State's "No Boycott of Israel" or "anti-BDS" law enacted last year. It claims in its lawsuit that the law was used by a Texas city to make eligibility for Hurricane Harvey relief funds contingent on political beliefs regarding Israel.
Laurie Cardoza-Moore, president of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, tells OneNewsNow that CAIR "has no leg to stand on to bring a lawsuit against the state of Texas."
"[Those] representing the people of the state of Texas ... said we do not want to boycott and we will not do business with companies that boycott, divest, and sanction from Israel. This has nothing to do with aid for hurricane relief," she says.
"This is all smoke and mirrors," Cardoza-Moore continues. "It smells, it reeks of a liberal agenda in Dickinson, Texas, to try to undermine the state law that was passed by the majority of the state legislature."
Cardoza-Moore argues that CAIR needs to be investigated for its ties to terrorist groups and to be shut down.
"Who do they think they are bringing a lawsuit – and why isn't the state of Texas launching an investigation into this group who is listed as an unindicted co-conspirator? These people need to be arrested and shut down," she states.
The city of Dickinson, TX, made available applications for repair grants in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. In accordance with the state law, those applications included this statement: "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."
A city official told NPR in October 2017 that the city was simply following state law and "the city has nothing to do with it." That report does quote the legal director of the ACLU of Texas describing the law as unconstitutional.