What Are Anti Bds Laws?

The purpose of anti-BDS laws is to make it more difficult for individuals and organizations to take part in boycotts of Israel, whereas anti-BDS resolutions are intended to be symbolic and non-binding condemnations of boycotts of Israel or of BDS itself. Anti-BDS laws are designed to make participation in boycotts of Israel more difficult.

What is the Combating BDS Act and how does it work?

  1. In 2019, Senator Marco Rubio, who cosponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, presented the Combating BDS Act.
  2. Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colorado), Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), and Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) are the other senators who are cosponsoring this bill (R-Missouri).
  3. The bill’s intention is to make it possible for states to adopt anti-boycott laws with the permission of the federal government.

What is Texas’s BDS law?

  1. The measure makes it illegal for the state of Texas to sign contracts or do business with organizations that support the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement directed at Israel.
  2. Because of this regulation, it is forbidden for any publicly funded organizations to provide money to businesses who support BDS.
  3. In 2019, Texas began the process of selling off its stake in the Norwegian financial services company DNB ASA, which was valued at $72 million.

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