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Israel-based meeting of Florida cabinet triggers scandal & suit

RT | May 29, 2019

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his cabinet kicked off controversy after conducting an official meeting on Israeli soil, prompting a flurry of criticism from watchdog groups and constituents alike.

DeSantis and his cabinet met Wednesday at the US Embassy in Jerusalem to proclaim support for the Jewish state and sign a bill prohibiting anti-Semitism in Florida’s public schools. DeSantis, who has promised to be the “most pro-Israel governor in America,” called the meeting “historic.”

The Florida First Amendment Foundation, joined by four media outlets, however, say the meeting violated state legislation known as the “Sunshine Law,” which requires government meetings to be open to the public.

“Holding a meeting at this distance in such a facility violates the constitutional and statutory rights of Florida citizens (and the news media) to personally observe the workings of, and for the public to offer comment to, their state’s highest officials,” the organizations wrote in a complaint filed earlier this week.

Though state officials assured the public the meeting would be “ceremonial” in nature, and would be livestreamed on Florida public television, critics argued it did not qualify as an open proceeding.

“There are legitimate concerns regarding the constitutionality of holding a Cabinet meeting that Floridians cannot attend,” First Amendment Foundation president Barbara Petersen said in a statement.

The initial complaint was dismissed by a Florida judge on Tuesday, but the governor’s office, through a spokesperson, said it intended to comply with Florida law and defend against the allegation. The spokesperson declined to comment further on “pending litigation.”

Some of the governor’s constituents chimed in on social media, many unhappy that state resources were used on the trip.

“Pretending to play secretary of state will do nothing for you in the mind of your constituents,” wrote one Floridian. “Get back home and do something for your citizens.”

Another resident said the state did not need “public funds going towards #DeSantisIllegalVacation in a state accused of apartheid,” adding “our resources need to STAY in FL.”

The DeSantis trip isn’t the only recent collision of US and Israeli politics. In late April, after a months-long legal battle, a Texas judge struck down legislation that banned Texas state employees from engaging in boycotts of Israeli products, arguing the measure sought to “manipulate debate through coercion rather than persuasion.”

The bill was one among several introduced this year to combat the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in the US, an organized effort to rein in Israeli policies toward the Palestinians.

May 30, 2019 - Posted by | Aletho News | , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Anytime anyone says Israel, I say: Asshole.

    Comment by tsisageya | May 30, 2019 | Reply

  2. Isn’t it embarrassing to Americans generally, the way American politicians grovel at the feet of another country, Israel? Don’t America politicians have to sign an Oath of Allegiance to the USA??
    And, holding a State Cabinet meeting in Israel, to the exclusion of the Florida population, must surely be “CONTEMPT”?
    How can it be deemed “Anti-Semitic” when people criticize American politicians clear preference for Israel rather than to the American people???
    It’s no wonder that there are so many “Anti-Semites” around today. It borders on Paranoia in the USA.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | May 30, 2019 | Reply

  3. Impeach the son of a bitch!

    One more sordid example of Ziomonster-Occupied WashDC extending to state (plus many other varied-realm) levels. The Zionist Enterprise is intent on eradicating the nation of Palestine and its people from the (“holy”) earth, and its vise-grip control of the (former) “land of the free and home of the brave” is a manifestation of the Enterprise’s power on the way to actualization of that psychotic, vindictive lust-cum-Ziogang rape.

    I think a couple of questions are fair:
    –@”The initial complaint was dismissed by a Florida judge…”, is the judge a Jew? a Zionist?
    –Would DeSantis or any other governor even dream of, much less countenance, holding an official cabinet meeting in, e.g., the US Embassy in London? Ottawa? Cairo? Tokyo? If the answer is “none of the above,” what does that say about the “state” of this country?

    Comment by roberthstiver | May 31, 2019 | Reply

    • Imagine if the meeting had been held in Moscow?…..or, dare I say, Tehran?…………Don’t listen to what Politicians Say….Look at what Politicians DO. There’s usually a big difference between the two.

      Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | May 31, 2019 | Reply


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