North Carolina governor signs anti-BDS legislation

The bill enacted Thursday requires divestment from, and prohibits state agencies from contracting with, companies that boycott Israel.

By JTA
August 2, 2017 07:39
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North Carolina governor signs anti-BDS legislation

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. (photo credit: REUTERS)

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law legislation that would bar the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel.

The bill enacted Thursday requires divestment from, and prohibits state agencies from contracting with, companies that boycott Israel.

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Earlier this month, the bill handily passed the state House of Representatives and the state Senate.

“This bill makes it clear that the State of North Carolina stands with Israel, which has long been an important trading partner of North Carolina,” said Carin Savel, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary.

North Carolina businesses conduct nearly $140 million per year in exports and commerce with Israel.

“The Jewish Federations across North Carolina have worked diligently on legislation to ensure that BDS efforts in their state fail. We applaud their tremendous work and commend the Gov. Roy Cooper for taking this important step against discrimination against Israelis by those who oppose the right of the Jewish people to self-determination in our homeland,” said  Skip Schrayer, chairman of the Israel Action Network, an initiative of The Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.

North Carolina becomes  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.



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