Saturday, November 17th | 9 Kislev 5779

Subscribe
May 24, 2018 10:15 am

Louisiana Becomes 25th State to Prohibit Business Ties With Anti-Israel BDS Groups

avatar by JNS.org

Email a copy of "Louisiana Becomes 25th State to Prohibit Business Ties With Anti-Israel BDS Groups" to a friend

Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards. Photo: Twitter.

JNS.org – Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards issued an executive order on Tuesday prohibiting his state government from doing business with companies that boycott Israel.

“The United States, and by affiliation Louisiana, have benefited in innumerable ways from our deep friendship with Israel. Any effort to boycott Israel is an affront to this longstanding relationship. I am pleased that Louisiana will join what is now a critical mass of states in supporting our closest ally,” Edwards said in a statement.

The order directs the state commissioner of administration to terminate existing state contracts with companies if they are currently boycotting Israel or supporting those who do. In the future, companies will be required to certify that they are not boycotting Israel before being awarded a state contract.

The prohibition does not impact speech or consumer conduct. It is limited solely to commercial conduct only and will not be applied to companies that have contracts with the state that total less than $100,000 or that have fewer than five employees, according to the executive order.

Related coverage

November 16, 2018 2:21 pm
0

Business as Usual as UN Committee Passes Nine Resolutions Slamming Israel in Single Day

A special committee of the United Nations General Assembly on Friday voted in favor of nine resolutions attacking the State...

Pro-Israel groups quickly congratulated Edwards, whose state became the 25th to prohibit business with BDS groups.

“The Israel Project is grateful to the governor for his leadership in fighting back against BDS discrimination,” CEO and President Josh Block said in a statement. “Advocates of BDS discrimination remain committed to their antisemitic agenda of isolating and demonizing the world’s only Jewish state. Its founders have openly called for Israel’s destruction and made it clear that they target Israel’s very existence, not its policies.”

Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs, an international Israel education organization, expressed her optimism about the turn of events. “We are heartened that Louisiana has taken a strong stand opposing discrimination against Israel. Earlier this year, the city of New Orleans rejected an antisemitic resolution, and now the state has made clear that tax-payer funds should not support businesses which discriminate.”

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter Email This Article

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner

Algemeiner.com