Indiana State Legislature Passes anti-BDS Bill

Indiana becomes only the second state to legislate against boycotts of Israel. Tennessee passed a similar resolution 19 days ago.

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A New York protester calling for a boycott of Israel.
A New York protester calling for a boycott of Israel.Credit: AP

Indiana on Thursday became the second state in the United States to pass legislation formally opposing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, the Algemeiner newspaper reports.

A similar bill to that passed by the Indiana state legislature on Thursday was approved by Tennessee lawmakers on April 21.

The Indiana Senate's approval of Resolution 74, which “expresses opposition to the anti-Jewish and anti-Israel” BDS movement, followed the unanimous approval of a similar of a similar bill by the state's House of Representatives on April 22.

The bill will now go to Indiana Governor Mile Pence, who recently visited Israel, for his signature.

The global spread of anti-Jewish speech and violence “represents an attack, not only on Jews, but on the fundamental principles of the United States,” the bill says. It commends the presidents of Indiana University and Purdue University for “strongly” condemning the boycott of Israeli academic institutions, after some faculty members and other staffers at those schools voiced support for the BDS movement.

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