Governor Larry Hogan (left) & Israeli Officials at signing of Memorandum of Understanding in 2016 [Photo Credit: Maryland GovPics]

The governor of Maryland signed an executive order on Monday barring the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel or the communities in Judea and Samaria. Hogan said all future state contracts would require companies to certify they will not economically discriminate against Israel, and that if any current state contractors refuse to agree, “they would be terminated.”

“There is no place in our state for boycotts and threats,” Hogan said.

You following official statement by the Governor was taken from the Governor’s website:

The executive order further strengthens Maryland’s opposition to the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a discriminatory campaign designed to undermine global trade with Israel. Maryland has had a decades-long, fruitful relationship with Israel that was further cemented in 2016 when Governor Hogan led a delegation of state officials, business leaders, and Jewish community leaders on a cultural and economic development trade mission to the country.

Maryland joins at least 22 other states in the United States with active legislation banning state business with companies that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS, against Israel.

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, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Lev Haolam thanks Larry Hogan and the state of Maryland for taking action to stop BDS from harming Israel. We hope to continue 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.