Conference of Presidents Leadership Welcomes Executive Orders Signed by Governors of Wisconsin and Maryland Against Anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Efforts and Reinforcing Commitment of Strong Support for Israel

NEW YORK, NY... Leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations commended Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan for signing executive orders prohibiting discriminatory boycotts of Israel in their respective states’ contracts.  With these executive orders, twenty-four states have now clearly rejected the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign and reinforced their strong commitment to fairness in dealing with Israel.

Stephen M. Greenberg, Chairman and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman & CEO of the Conference of Presidents said, “We commend Gov. Scott and Gov. Hogan for adding their states to the growing list of state and local governments rejecting the hate driven ideology and tactics of the BDS movement which seeks to harm to Israel.  These executive orders, and legislation in other states, send a strong, clear and direct message that pressure from the BDS movement to impose a discriminatory economic boycott against Israel is unacceptable.  We encourage other states to join and reject the extremist and discriminatory campaign to delegitimize our close ally, Israel.  The message must be strong that if you want to join this biased and unjustified boycott, then you cannot do business here. 

We also urge Congress to adopt the bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate and House of Representatives to update and strengthen existing federal law prohibiting American companies from complying with boycotts of Israel imposed by foreign governments by including boycotts sponsored by international organizations like the United Nations and European Union.”

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