Seven Democratic Candidates for CD7 Vow to Co-Sponsor Bill Conditioning Aid to Israel

CD-7 Candidates at a forum on 1/4/2020

 

On January 4, 2020 Candidates for Congressional District 7 attended a forum at the Islamic Society of Baltimore. Numerous -- but not all -- candidates attended.

During this forum, the gathered candidates were asked a question about legislation pertaining to the Israel/Palestine conflict: HR2407 Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation. This bill prohibits American funding for the military detention of children in any country, including Israel.

The candidates were asked if they would co-sponsor this bill within their first 30 days in Congress. Most of the candidates -- and all eight of the Democratic candidates present -- said they would. Click here to watch the video. The full transcript is below.

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Our Money Should Not Be Used To Give Israeli Companies Preferential Treatment

Please click here to urge your State Representatives to stop spending your money to give Israeli companies preferential treatment.

Recently, Freedom2Boycott in MD discovered that the Maryland State Government has been giving hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money to the Maryland/Israel Development Corporation (MIDC). According to the MIDC's website, it is a corporation "that promotes bi-lateral trade and economic development. It is a public-private partnership of the Maryland Department of Commerce, Israel’s Ministry of Economy and Trade and The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore". For further information about the MIDC, click here.

The MIDC is a company that promotes Israeli -- and only Israeli companies -- doing business in Maryland. The money allocated to the MIDC cannot be used to lure businesses from Taiwan, South Korea, India, Canada or any other country to Maryland. And there is no analogous dedicated funding stream for companies from any other country.

Maryland's government should not be spending taxpayer money to give preferential treatment only to Israeli companies. Please click here to ask your state legislators to redirect this money so that all companies are on an equal footing - regardless of which country they are from.


Opposing $300k Taxpayer Dollars for the Maryland Israel Development Corporation

We recently discovered that the State of Maryland has been giving over $300,000 from the taxpayers annually to the Maryland Israel Development Corporation (MIDC).

The MIDC is a corporation setup by the State of Maryland to promote Israeli companies to do business in Maryland. There is no corporation created and funded by taxpayer dollars to promote companies from Korea, Taiwan, France or any other country here. Israel is the only country that gets this special treatment from the State of Maryland.

Barry Boggage, the Executive Director of the MIDC last year stated that his ultimate goal "is job creation, in Maryland and Israel". Why anyone thinks our state government should be funding job creation in Israel truly confounds us.

So today, three of our members -- Saqib Ali, Samira Hussein and Nathan Feldman -- testified before Montgomery County's state legislators asking them to stop funding the MIDC. Watch the video here:

The full transcript of their testimony is below:

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Ali vs Hogan Part 8: Amended Complaint Filed

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Today my legal team filed an amended complaint with the Federal District Court in Baltimore in my pro-BDS lawsuit.

This amended complaint will be adjudicated by the same judge -- Catherine Blake. The argument made in this complaint is not that I suffered any concrete financial injuries, but instead that my free speech was chilled by the Governor's anti-BDS executive order. This is an argument that we believe the judge may find more compelling based on her writing in her October 2nd dismissal order. You can read this amended complaint by clicking below.

The Governor's legal team has until Thanksgiving to respond.

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Ali vs Hogan Part 7: Judge Grants Hogan's Motion to Dismiss

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Today Judge Catherine Blake granted Governor Hogan's Motion to Dismiss in my pro-BDS lawsuit. You can read the judge's short ruling by clicking below.

Basically the Judge thinks that our side didn't convincingly argue that I suffered any injury and she thinks the Governor's contractual language is so narrowly crafted that I might not be denied a contract even though I engage in BDS.

This ruling is very disappointing. Of course I disagree with it.

However, there is a silver lining here: Judge Blake dismissed the case "without prejudice" (which means a new lawsuit can be re-filed over this issue). In her written decision the judge clearly revealed strong reservations about the Governor's Executive Order. And she offered a roadmap of arguments that might be used more convincingly in the future against this executive order.

Based on this ruling, and after consultation with attorneys, I have decided to file an amended complaint against Hogan's EO very soon. Our argument will be different this time around and we hope the judge will find it more convincing.

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