(WASHINGTON, D.C., November 15) – The Israel Project today applauds Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s decision to sign an executive order barring Kentucky from contracting with companies participating in discriminatory practices against Israel.
Under the new executive order, state agencies will not do business with companies participating in the discriminatory Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and no Kentucky tax dollars will go to support this form of anti-Semitic hatred.
Responding to Governor Bevin’s decision to sign the order, TIP CEO and President Josh Block issued the following statement:
“The Israel Project is grateful to Governor Bevin for his strong leadership in fighting against BDS discrimination. For years, Israel – and only Israel – has been targeted by this deceptive attempt to delegitimize its very right to exist. BDS proponents do not seek a better life for the Palestinians, nor do they aim to create a political environment favorable to a lasting peace between Israel and its neighbors. Their true aim is the destruction of the Jewish state. From the North to South, in blue and red states – and with strong bipartisan support – lawmakers in 26 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. Kentucky, being the 26th state to oppose BDS sends a strong message to the rest of the country and, indeed, the world.”