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The Israel Project Commends Michigan for Adopting a Law to Ban Discriminatory Boycotts

- January 10, 2017

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Israel Project today thanked the government of Michigan for passing legislation that combats the hateful Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. The bill was passed by both the House and the Senate and was signed into law by Gov. Snyder.

This bipartisan legislation prohibits state entities from contracting with companies that unfairly single out the Jewish state. Through BDS, Israel is the sole target of anti-Semitic economic warfare. 

Though BDS masquerades as a human rights movement, its founders have called for the destruction of Israel. BDS is simply the latest effort to demonize the only democratic state in the Middle East. 

“When the legislators in Michigan voted this bill through, they made a statement that holding Israel to a double standard would not be tolerated,” said The Israel Project CEO and President Josh Block. “I’d like to extend my thanks to Michigan for standing beside Israel and refusing to look the other way in the face of prejudice.”

Gov. Snyder signed the bill into law today after it received wide bipartisan support in the House and Senate.

Michigan is the latest in a series of more than a dozen states that have passed similar legislation, reaffirming the unshakeable bond between Israel and the United States of America.

About The Israel Project:

The Israel Project (TIP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization that provides factual information about Israel and the Middle East to the press, policymakers and the public. Founded in 2003, TIP works in multiple languages to provide real-time background information, images, maps, audio, video, graphics and direct access to newsmakers. To learn more about TIP, visit http://www.theisraelproject.org.