The Israel Project Applauds North Carolina for Passing Bipartisan Anti-BDS Legislation; Tar Heel State Becomes #22 to Stand up Against Anti-Semitism
(WASHINGTON, D.C., June 28) – The Israel Project today applauded the North Carolina state legislature for passing a bill that opposes discriminatory boycotts of Israel.
The North Carolina House of Representatives today passed Senate Bill 329, a bill that prohibits the state from participating in boycotts aimed against Israel, or engaging in any contracts with companies that participate in boycotts. The measure passed the House 96-19. A previous vote taken in the state senate passed 45-3.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper is expected to sign the measure into law.
“The whole community in North Carolina should be applauded for standing up against anti-Semitism,” said Josh Block, President and CEO of The Israel Project.
“And make no mistake, though BDS poses as a human rights movement, in truth, it is nothing more than an attempt to sow anti-Israel hate,” he said. “Hiding behind laudable rhetoric on human rights, boycott advocates single out the Jewish state for special punishment. In fact, Israel is the only nation in the Middle East that universally protects these values.”
“We congratulate the lawmakers of Kansas for standing up and doing the right thing” Block said. “We also want to extend special thanks to Representatives Stephen M. Ross and Ken Goodman and Senators Rick Gunn, Andrew Brock and Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue.”
This victory follows the passage of similar bills in 21 other states across the country.
About The Israel Project
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