South Carolina has become the first US state to take action against anti-Israel boycotts.
South Carolina has become the first US state to take action against anti-Israel boycotts. The state law now bars public entities from contracting with companies that boycott “based on race, color, religion, gender or national origin.” While Israel is not mentioned in the text, the premise of the law is that the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement discriminates against Israel and damages South Carolina’s economy.
Governor Nikki Haley did not hesitate to sign the bill and was commended for this by South Carolina Representative Alan Clemmons, who pioneered the legislation.
“Discriminatory boycotts have historically been used as a form of economic warfare to forward the purposes of hatred and bigotry. The tactics employed by the Nazis serve as a poignant example,” Clemmons said. “In this day and age, no group better demonstrates this fact than the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in its effort to harm our great ally, Israel.”
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