Yet another US state is joining the effort to fight against the anti-Israel boycott movement.
California State Assemblyman Travis Allen on Monday introduced a bill that would block California from doing business with companies that implement boycotts based on race, color, religion, gender, or nationality, and in particular as it relates to the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Allen’s proposed measure “will require parties contracting with the state government to certify that they do not participate in boycotts against California’s trading partners,” the lawmaker’s office said.
“California strongly opposes discrimination. Of particular concern lately, is the fact that boycotts of entities and individuals affiliated with specific countries can amount to ethnic, religious, racial and/or national origin discrimination. No group better demonstrates this fact than the BDS movement, whose use of false, demonizing and delegitimizing propaganda against the State of Israel has become a pretext for the expression of anti-Jewish bigotry,” said Allen.
The US states of South Carolina and Illinois have passed similar legislation that takes concrete action against BDS supporters, while state legislatures in Tennessee, New York, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Florida have passed resolutions condemning the BDS movement.