Legislation to Constrain Boycott of Israel/Settlements (in States)


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.

Starting in 2016, through the present, these efforts are delivering results, with more and more 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 being challenged as unconstitutional, amounting to laws designed to gag free speech.

You can track this legislative trend here. Last update: April 17, 2023

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