Targets of State Anti-Boycott Laws – Contracts vs. Investments


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 explicitly designed to quash political free speech — requiring the states to boycott, divest from, and sanction companies, contracts, and even individuals that boycott Israel, or in many cases, that boycott settlements and the occupation (even if they don’t boycott Israel itself).

Since the beginning of 2015, I’ve has been tracking these bills/laws — my data is available to the public in a regularly updated table, available here.

In the context of the 2018 battle over Airbnb’s decision to stop listing properties in the Occupied Territories (a decision it later reversed), I published an additional data table, examining all of the existing laws to see which ones explicitly treat settlements as part of Israel. That table (which I continue to update) is here.

Now, by popular demand — in the context of actions by various states starting in summer 2021 targeting Ben & Jerry’s and Unilever, over Ben & Jerry’s decision to stop distributing its products in the West Bank — I have researched and published a new resource – a table documenting the current anti-boycott laws (covering all 50 states) and explicitly distinguishing between state laws that target contracts and state laws that target investments.

That new table is available here.

Questions about this issue or any of the data tables should be directed to: