PJTN Celebrates Ohio Move To Condemn BDS Movement With Passage Of New Bill
PJTN CELEBRATES OHIO MOVE TO CONDEMN BDS MOVEMENT WITH PASSAGE OF NEW BILL
(Nashville, Tennessee) –November 30, 2018 –Proclaiming Justice to The Nations (PJTN) founder and President Laurie Cardoza-Moore today acknowledged the action of the Ohio Senate in unanimously approving by a vote of 30-0, House Concurrent Resolution 10 (HCR 10), a resolution “To condemn the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and increasing incidents of anti-Semitism.” The resolution, as amended by a Senate committee, will now move back to the Ohio House for its concurrence with the amended version passed by the Senate. The House vote on concurrence will probably occur on Wednesday, December 5.
Noted Cardoza-Moore: “The passage of this resolution provides another successful hurdle crossed in the war against the anti-Semitic BDS movement in states across the U.S. Under PJTN’s watch, Ohio is the 12th state to introduce a version of the resolution passed in Tennessee in 2016. PJTN has been very active on the ground organizationally over the past few months to encourage advocacy for this important piece of legislation. By the Senate’s action, the Ohio General Assembly must be commended for having taken a major step in its final approval of HCR 10 to set the vital example for more states to begin to counter the increasing anti-Semitism and the shutting down of free speech on our university campuses across America.”
Michael Goldstein, State of Ohio Director of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, wrote after the Senate vote,
At Proclaiming Justice to The Nations we congratulate Senate President Larry Obhof; Chairman Frank LaRose of the Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce Committee, who spoke for this resolution on the Senate Floor; and all members of the Ohio Senate on taking this strong action in passing HCR 10. We particularly want to thank the co-sponsors of the Resolution, Representatives Andy Thompson (Marietta) and Dave Greenspan (Westlake) for their insight, dedication, and hard work in initiating HCR 10 and moving it forward. Anti-Semitism on our campuses is not just a Jewish problem; it is also a Christian problem. First and foremost, it is an American problem, because beginning with President George Washington, America has always welcomed Jews as full citizens with full civil rights. Shutting down the free speech rights of any Americans by intimidation and threats of violence, as the BDS movement does nationwide to Jewish groups and individuals on campuses, is abhorrent to Americans, and is not free speech protected by the Ohio Constitution and the Constitution of the United States.
By taking this action, the Ohio Senate, on behalf of the people of the State of Ohio, strongly condemns anti-Semitism, especially on campus, as well as efforts to suppress the free expression of those who understand and support the strong partnership enjoyed by the people of Ohio and the citizens of Israel. That partnership includes agricultural initiatives, high tech and smart city innovations, cultural exchanges, defense cooperation, and a strong spiritual component that recognizes the many intersecting communities of faith in Israel which are protected by Israel, and includes those here in Ohio who treasure the Holy Land.
In acknowledging and thanking PJTN for its involvement with the Ohio passage, State Senator Frank LaRose noted:
“In light of the long-standing relationship Ohio has with not only the State of Israel but with the Jewish people throughout the State and around the world, this is a piece of legislation that is a statement from the people of Ohio that this and other manifestations of anti-Semitism are not acceptable in the State of Ohio.”
Laurie Cardoza-Moore added:
“With PJTN’s working partnerships with the Ohio Christian Alliance, Christians United for Israel, Agudath Israel of America, and members of the Ohio chapters of Act for America who worked with PJTN in a collaborative effort in educating Ohio senators and representatives on the value of this resolution, we at Proclaiming Justice to The Nations now look forward to a quick concurrence vote by the Ohio House of the Senate version of HCR 10 and to more states following Ohio’s actions in the continuing battle against anti-Semitism. In light of the recent tragedy in Pittsburgh, it has become a vivid reality that this is an agenda in America that has never been more crucial.”
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Proclaiming Justice to The Nations (PJTN), a 501c3 non-profit organization, was established to educate Christians about their Biblical responsibility to stand with their Jewish brethren and Israel, utilizing powerful film and video presentations, a variety of grassroots rallies, events and speaking engagements to facilitate dialogue between the Christian and Jewish communities in support of the State of Israel and against global anti-Semitism. PJTN was instrumental in encouraging anti-BDS legislation in Tennessee, which has now been adopted by 12 States across America. They also produced the award-wining documentary film “Boycott This!” which exposes the lies behind the anti-Semitic BDS movement.
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