TIP applauds Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards for signing anti-bds executive order; Louisiana becomes the 25th U.S. state to stand up against anti-Israel discrimination
(WASHINGTON, D.C., May 23, 2018) – The Israel Project today applauded Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards for signing an executive order that prohibits Louisiana from doing business with companies that boycott Israel.
Under the new executive order, Louisiana’s state commissioner of administration will terminate existing state contracts with companies that are currently boycotting Israel or supporting efforts to do so by other companies. Before future contracts can be awarded, companies will be required to sign an agreement certifying that they aren't boycotting Israel.
Responding to Governor Edward’s decision to sign the order, TIP CEO and President Josh Block issued the following statement:
“The Israel Project is grateful to the governor for his leadership in fighting back against BDS discrimination. Advocates of BDS discrimination remain committed to their anti-Semitic 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. From the North to South, in blue and red states – and with strong bipartisan support – lawmakers in 25 states have now declared BDS a form of discrimination and sent a clear signal that their states will not tolerate or condone taxpayer dollars going to subsidize anti-Israel hate.”
During the signing ceremony, Governor Edwards said, "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.”
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.