Portland Trail Blazers Join Boycott of Israel As NBA Ignores Massive Human Rights Abuses in China

The Portland Trailblazers have jumped on board the anti-Semitic boycott of Israel even as the NBA slobbers all over itself to ignore the massive human rights abuses in China.

The NBA team announced that it has ended its business relationship with a company that does business in Israel after pressure by the racist and anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, according to the Free Beacon.

“Leupold is no longer a part of the organization,” Trail Blazers president and CEO Chris McGowan said.

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“The move was celebrated by anti-Israel activists and picked up by the pro-BDS blog Mondoweiss,” Free Beacon reported, “which stated that the decision came ‘after a year-long campaign by local activists to pressure the Blazers to drop the sponsor.'”

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So, the Trail Blazers are perfectly fine boycotting the only actually democratic state in the entire Mideast, a state where ALL citizens can vote, and yet they can also do business with China, one of the most oppressive, dangerous, and murderous countries in the world.

Not only is the NBA siding with the worst human rights abusers in the world with its big-money China deals, but the NBA is also trying to shut down free speech and freedom of the press right here in the USA.

Just yesterday the league shut down a reporter who was trying to ask Houston Rockets players James Harden and Russell Westbrook about China.

Sitting among the press corps at Thursday morning’s presser, CNN’s Christina MacFarlane asked if the pair would feel differently about speaking out about politics after the league’s decision to shut down discussions about Chinese political and societal affairs.

“The NBA has always been a league that prides itself on its players and coaches to be able to speak out openly about political and societal affairs,” MacFarlane said, “I just wonder after the events of this week and the fall out we’ve seen whether you would both feel differently about speaking out in that way in the future.”

But before the players were able to say a word, an NBA spokesperson offstage interjected and told MacFarlane that the players would only be answering “basketball questions.””

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