North Carolina State Legislature Passes Anti-BDS Bill by the Forward

North Carolina State Legislature Passes Anti-BDS Bill

Image by wikimedia

(JTA) — The North Carolina state legislature passed a bill that would bar the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel.

The bill passed last week by both houses of the General Assembly has been sent to state Gov. Roy Cooper for his signature.

The bill, titled “Divestment from Companies That Boycott Israel,” passed the state House of Representatives by a vote of 96 to 19, and passed the state Senate by a vote of 45 to 3.

The legislation required state institutions to stop contracts with companies that boycott Israeli companies or products made in Israel. The bill also prohibits future work with such companies.

North Carolina businesses conduct nearly $140 million per year in exports and commerce with Israel, according to the North Carolina Jewish Federation.

North Carolina will become at least the 22nd state with laws or executive orders banning state business with companies that support the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, or BDS, against Israel.

Among the states that have passed anti-BDS legislation in recent months are: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

 

Author

North Carolina State Legislature Passes Anti-BDS Bill

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

North Carolina State Legislature Passes Anti-BDS Bill

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close