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South Dakota Governor signs anti-BDS executive order

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On January 14, South Dakota’s Republican Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order that prohibits state offices from doing business with companies that boycott Israel. South Dakota becomes the 28th state to pass legislation that targets the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

“Israel is one of our nation’s closest allies, and their success is critical to American national security,” said Noem in a statement, “Today, we reaffirm that South Dakota stands with Israel and will only contract with businesses who agree to fairly compete. Our state will not stand for any discrimination based on race or religion.”

The South Dakota House of Representatives passed a resolution condemning the BDS movement during the 2019 legislative session. It declares that BDS “is one of the main vehicles for spreading anti-Semitism.”

Noem’s move has been praised by a number of pro-Israel organizations. “Governor Noem has taken bold action to combat the insidious BDS movement that encourages punitive actions solely against Israel,” said The American Jewish Committee’s Laurence Bolotin, “BDS proponents do not advance peace at all. Peace only will be achieved in direct bilateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.”

The executive order applies to companies with more than five employees that do business with the state for $100,000. Recent anti-BDS measures have included such criteria, in an attempt to escape constitutional challenges.

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eljay
eljay

… “[Israel’s] success is critical to American national security,” said Noem … When questioned about her moronic assertion, Noem moronically defended it by explaining that the proximity of North America to the Middle East and the fact that the U.S.A. has little to no military capability mean that America is… Read more »

Misterioso
Misterioso

Memo to Governor Kristi Noem: The First Amendment of the American Constitution text reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and… Read more »

Kay24
Kay24

More like zionists filled her campaign coffers, making her under obligation to the lobbies. That is the usual reason behind this anti American action, as we see commonly in Congress. It has nothing to do with good allies, and our national security. American leaders support a brutal occupier, land thief,… Read more »

Mooser
Mooser

Look how far we’ve come, what power we wield! Why States are violating the Constitution just for us. This can’t help but raise Jews and Zionism in the public esteem. Years from now, people will honor us for facilitating the extinction of Free Speech. Can we really be this stupid?… Read more »