While the NBA is taking a beating for bowing to China, the Free Beacon reports that pressure from BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) activists has compelled the Portland Trail Blazers to sever ties with a company that does business with the Israeli Defense Forces.
BREAKING: The Portland Trail Blazers announced that they have severed relations with a company that does business with Israel following a pressure campaign by activists tied to the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement
NBA bows to Chinahttps://t.co/waBRwH1GgI
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 10, 2019
The NBA is doing fantastic work these days: Portland Trail Blazers Join Boycott Against Israel — Team severs ties with company that works with Israeli Defense Forces https://t.co/QQ726z5bWw
— Adam Kredo (@Kredo0) October 10, 2019
As the NBA is facing outrage after the general manager of the Houston Rockets capitulated to censorship by the Chinese communist government, the Trail Blazers quietly severed ties with the manufacturer Leupold, which has a contract to produce accessories for the Israeli Defense Forces.
Trail Blazers president and CEO Chris McGowan recently announced the decision to bow to pressure from BDS activists, telling a reporter for the Bleacher Report that “Leupold is no longer a part of the organization.”
The move was celebrated by anti-Israel activists and picked up by the pro-BDS blog Mondoweiss, which stated that the decision came “after a year-long campaign by local activists to pressure the Blazers to drop the sponsor.”
Maybe the Portland Trail Blazers just need to read up on their history.
— Spencer Tracy's Hat (@peakeman) October 10, 2019
The NBA never ceases to amaze. They give a whole new meaning to "NBA: Where amazing happens."
— !! (@mrdubya49) October 10, 2019
Lots of winning moves from the NBA this week.
— stephen parker (@sjboilers2) October 11, 2019
Portland is the epicenter of woke antisemitism. Not surprised.
— dprep (@danielprepas) October 10, 2019
Another good reason to #BoycottNBA
— Craig Houston (@prmeablmembrain) October 10, 2019
When money is more important than democracy. So much for being Woke.
— MJT (@MJTang46) October 11, 2019
So the NBA is okay with doing business with a murderous, racist dictatorship like China but won't play ball with our strongest ally in the Middle East. I can't believe the players would stand for this if they knew the whole story & weren't being economically coerced.
— TechTruthTellerOfficial (@Tech_TruTeller) October 10, 2019
So much for that whole "international politics is just so complicated, we don't really have opinions on it, we have to educate ourselves more and then we'll get back to you, we're just ballplayers" deal…
— M M (@smartmuffin) October 10, 2019
Very Portland of them. Next they’ll form an Antifa Development League. ???
— Stork of Justice ? (@BugerVon) October 10, 2019
Stunning and brave to boycott Israel. What an unprecedented effort
— LikeLiterallyFascist (@EBejany) October 10, 2019
This league is going along with boycotts against Democratic Jewish states while punishing those who would condemn one of the worst human rights abusers in the world. https://t.co/04lJolbw1U
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) October 10, 2019
“Yes, we’d like to know how to make ourselves less likable and more irrelevant.”
— Coyote Crash Letalien (@Coach_Crash) October 10, 2019
— Red Dot in a Blue Dot in a Red State (@reddotinaustin) October 10, 2019
Are they sure China is okay with that?
— Barbara Harris (@bjhjsh) October 11, 2019
What the hell @NBA?
— Jonathan (@2001grad312) October 10, 2019
I wish I cared at all about the @NBA so I could boycott them. Too bad.
— FiDi NYer (@FiDiNYer) October 10, 2019
I thought @NBA said that they were apolitical, or nah?
— mzpinca (@mikhail1973) October 11, 2019
If I didn’t already dislike the Jailblazers, I’d be disappointed. Now it’s disgust
— Andrew Kaplan (@andyorandrewK) October 10, 2019