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Buckeyes Ban BDS

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Even as Israel's enemies continue to confront her on multiple fronts - through war and terror, as well as through diplomacy and boycotts - those who stand for Israel also continue to do so. The latest to stand for Israel, JTA reports, is the Ohio House of Representatives, who overwhelmingly passed legislation that targets the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement:

The bill passed Wednesday by a vote of 81-13. Five members did not vote.

The legislation would prohibit the state from contracting with companies that engage in boycotts of Israel, including companies located outside of the state. It also would require companies to explicitly state in contracts that they are not boycotting or divesting from Israel, according to the Cleveland Jewish News.

States that have passed anti-BDS legislation include: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and South Carolina.

“Next stop: Ohio Senate,” Howie Beigelman, the executive director of Ohio Jewish Communities, said in an email announcing the win...

Tags: US-Israel Relations , BDS

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