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May 19, 2015 9:59 am

Illinois Passes Bill That Bans BDS Participants From State Pension Funds

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JNS.org – The Illinois State House of Representatives on Monday unanimously passed a bill that prohibits state pension funds from including in their portfolios companies that participate in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said on Twitter that he will sign the bill into law.

The measure’s 102-0 House passage follows its 49-0 passage in the Illinois State Senate. State legislatures in Indiana and Tennessee last month passed resolutions condemning BDS, but those measures were non-binding, as opposed to the Illinois bill’s specific economic action.

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“Illinois is the first state to take concrete, legally binding action against the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign, providing a legislative model for the rest of the country,” said Jacob Baime, executive director of the Israel on Campus Coalition.

The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF) said that it “strategized closely with the Governor’s Office and Sen. Ira Silverstein and Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, the bill’s chief co-sponsors, to help ensure its successful passage.”

“At the core of the BDS movement is a quest to delegitimize Israel as a sovereign, democratic and Jewish state,” said JUF President Steven B. Nasatir. “This bipartisan legislation sends a strong message that Illinois will not tolerate such efforts.”

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  • Eric R.

    I am surprised that a left-wing state such as Illinois passed this (even though they somehow managed to elect a Republican governor).

    I figured that the black legislators in particular would be against this, given the fanatic Jew-hatred in the black community.

  • jarhmeal

    One of the many reasons I love America to death.

  • henry

    BOYCOTT BDS
    BOYCOTT ALL COMPANIES THAT SUPPORT BDS

  • 10

    GOD DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH OF POWERS TO SHOW BECAUSE OF THE HALF JEWISH RELIGION AND ALL THE COPIED RELIGIONS. GOD FIRST RELIGION IS JEWISH ALL THE PROPHETS WERE JEWISH JESUS THE COMMUNICATION MADE AND WHY WE DID NOT SEE GOD BECAUSE THE POWERS OF JEWISH TO OUR PLANET WAS ALMOST COMPLETELY DISCONNECTED. HAD TO BE BUILT.

  • God bless that State of Illinois and it truthful and honest legislative branch.

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