Florida, Virginia pass latest U.S. state-level measures against BDS movement

A BDS movement protest in Australia. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) The Florida Senate and the Virginia General Assembly this week passed resolutions condemning and taking action against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, joining a growing trend of U.S. states disavowing BDS.

The Florida Senate adjusted an earlier Florida House version of the state’s measure, adding a call for the withdrawal of a United States Customs and Border Protection policy, “West Bank Country of Origin Marking Requirements,” which currently prevents West Bank products from being labeled as “Made in Israel.”

On Wednesday, the Virginia House passed a resolution condemning the BDS movement and opposing “all attempts to economically and politically isolate Israel within the international arena, including promotion of economic, cultural, and academic boycotts, and all efforts to assault the legitimacy of the State of Israel as the sovereign homeland of the Jewish people.”

Proclaiming Justice to The Nations (PJTN), a Christian Zionist organization, said it engaged in “months of campaigning efforts” for the Florida resolution. PJTN has been pushing for similar anti-BDS measures around the country.

“We will not stop until every single U.S. state comes out publicly condemning the anti-Semitic BDS movement,” said Laurie Cardoza-Moore, founder and president of PJTN. “In Nazi Germany, Hitler and his minions painted the Star of David on Jewish businesses. Today, world leaders are targeting the Jewish state. We call upon Christians, Jews, and people of conscience across America to join us in pushing for similar resolutions in their home states.”

Posted on March 10, 2016 .