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New Jersey Becomes Latest US State to Pass Anti-BDS Bill

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law an anti-BDS bill. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law an anti-BDS bill. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a law prohibiting the state’s public worker pension fund from investing in companies that engaged in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

The $71 billion pension fund provides coverage for about 800,000 current and retired state workers.

The resolution stated, “It is important to the economic well-being of New Jersey that persons or entities conducting commercial trade and doing business in the State do not engage in boycotts of a legitimate and viable partner with whom New Jersey can enjoy open trade contracting,” the Jerusalem Post reported. “Therefore, it is in the best interest of this state that a statutory prohibition be enacted to prohibit the investment of public employee retirement funds in companies boycotting Israel.”

New Jersey now joins nearly a dozen US states that have passed anti-BDS legislation over the past year.

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Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon welcomed the latest move by New Jersey.

“State after state, we see our most important ally, the United States, continuing to stand by Israel in the fight against BDS,” Danon said in a statement.

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