While the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement continues to attack Israel, many in the United States, and many states have taken a stand against it. The Miami Herald's Brian Siegal reports that "Florida is the latest state to act" to defend the Jewish state:
Gov. Rick Scott is expected to soon sign into law a bill, SB 86/HB 527 — Scrutinized Companies — adopted in the House by a vote of 112-2, and unanimously passed by the Senate. It prohibits the state from doing business with or investing in companies that boycott Israel.
The State Board of Administration will be tasked with identifying all publicly funded companies that engage in boycotts of Israel and will issue them warnings. Sponsored by State Sen. Joe Negron and Reps. Rich Workman, Jared Moskowitz and Kevin Rader, the legislation clearly rejects the insidious BDS movement...
We Floridians should be proud that our state is among the first to reject this pernicious movement. By clearly rejecting BDS efforts to encourage punitive actions against Israel, it has gone on record for peace, which only will be achieved in direct bilateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.