Last week, the House of Representatives introduced a bi-partisan resolution condemning the boycott of Israeli academic institutions or professors. Resolution 318, introduced by Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), carries support from both sides of the aisle with two Republicans, and three Democrats.
The resolution recognizes that boycotting Israel, as the resolution states, “hinders the possibility of achieving a fair and just solution and a peaceful settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
This push at the federal level to knock out the Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions(BDS) Movement against Israel follows several successful state level efforts.
Next, the Tennessee State Assembly overwhelmingly approved an anti-BDS resolution, stating that BDS is “one of the main vehicles for spreading anti-Semitism and advocating the elimination of the Jewish State.”
The Indiana General Assembly followed suit two days later, unanimously condemning BDS, stating BDS promotes “a climate of hatred, intimidation, intolerance and violence against Jews.”
Just this month, the New York State Assembly rejected BDS through a resolution that opposes attempts to delegitimize and apply double standards to, the Jewish State.
The full text of the bill can be read below.