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This past Thursday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed into law legislation that would bar the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel (e.g. supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions – BDS movement). The bill, titled “Divestment from Companies That Boycott Israel,” passed both houses of North Carolina’s General Assembly in late June, in the state House of Representatives by a vote of 96 to 19, and and in the state Senate by a vote of 45 to 3.

“This bill makes it clear that the State of North Carolina stands with Israel, which has long been an important trading partner of North Carolina,” said Carin Savel, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary.

North Carolina becomes  at least the 22nd state with laws or executive orders banning state business with companies that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS, against Israel.

The bill follows similar anti-BDS laws passed in several other states and underscores the strength of the North Carolina-Israel relationship. Among the states that have passed anti-BDS legislation in recent months are: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Lev Haolam thanks Gov. Roy Cooper and North Carolina for taking action to stop BDS from harming Israel. We hope to report on more states in the US joining the fight against the BDS movement. Consider showing your support for the pioneers of Judea and Samaria by subscribing to our Surprise Monthly Package Project.