Friday, August 19, 2016

Supporting a movement against Israeli actions is illegal... New Jersey and New York. New Jersey has just passed a law that requires the government to identify companies that support a boycott of Israel, which boycott (the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement) has been around for a while. The movement is a protest of Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories and its colonization of the West Bank. Under the law, the State Investment Council, which manages more than $80 billion in pension assets, is legally obligated to divest from these blacklisted companies.

In New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order that creates a blacklist of institutions and companies that support BDS and requires government institutions to divest their money and assets from these blacklisted groups.

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