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.
Are there any laws against BDS in the US?
A significant number of anti-BDS laws have recently been enacted in the United States. As of the year 2020, there are 32 states that have legislation that prohibit the practice of boycotting Israel, and a number of resolutions that are not legally enforceable have been enacted opposing BDS. The bulk of these have been approved with robust backing from both parties.
What does the Combating BDS Act actually do?
Therefore, the Combating BDS Act, a version of which was co-authored by Rubio and conservative Democratic Sen.Joe Manchin (WV) last year, does not actually impose any new restrictions on those who advocate for boycotting, divestment, and sanctions against companies that participate in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.It does nothing more than provide states that have already done this with legal protection, which in turn indirectly encourages other governments to do the same thing.
What is BDS and why does it matter?
(Stephen Melkisethian/Flickr) What exactly is BDS? Everything you need to know about the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement that targets Israel. The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, more popularly known as BDS, states that its goal is to employ worldwide pressure to put an end to what it defines as Israeli colonialism and apartheid.