In 2014, opponents of boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel began promoting legislation in various U.S. states denouncing the BDS movement. In 2015, these efforts shifted/expanded to mirror efforts in the U.S. Congress to hijack concerns about BDS against Israel in order to pass legislation mandating that Israeli settlements be treated, in effect, as part of sovereign Israel.
In 2016 & 2017, these efforts delivered results, with a number of states adopting legislation to – in effect – have states boycott, divest from, and sanction companies that engage in BDS against Israel, or that in any concrete way differentiate between Israel and the settlements. In addition to conflating settlements and Israel, much of this legislation is patently unconstitutional, amounting to laws designed to gag free speech. This effort is expected to continue into 2018.
In order to shine a bright light on this stealth legislative trend, in January 2015, in her previous capacity working for FMEP grantee Americans for Peace Now, Lara Friedman began tracking this phenomenon in a publicly-accessible data table, updated regularly to include any new developments. With APN’s agreement, Lara is continuing this work in her capacity as the President of FMEP, and her data table – which will continue to be updated regularly – can now be found here.
To follow what is happening on this same issue in the U.S. Congress, see Lara’s research/table, here.
Questions about this issue or data table should be directed to: Lara@fmep.org