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Indiana Overwhelmingly Approves Anti-BDS bill

Posted by Arutz Sheva, March 3, 2016

State Senate passes near-unanimous measures prohibiting state dealings with anti-Israel boycotts.

The Indiana Senate near-unanimously approved a bill on Tuesday banning state funds from investing in entities that support the anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The BDS movement, which aims to demonize, delegitimize, isolate and ultimately destroy the Jewish State has begun to appear in Indiana, especially on college campuses.

The 47-3 approved bill with bipartisan backing proclaims BDS to meet the standards of “extraordinary circumstances necessary for mandatory divestment” by the state’s law.

BDS promotes intimidation, fear and violence across campuses in Indiana according to the bill, and is “unethical and deeply damaging to the cause of peace, justice, equality democracy and human rights for all people in the Middle East.”

The measure, which passed in January by Indiana’s House of Representatives, is expected to be signed into law by Governor Mike Pence, a pro-Israel Republican who served in the US Congress.

The Jewish Affairs Committee of Indiana, which led the lobbying effort for the bill, issued a statement thanking the General Assembly for “placing Indiana among the vanguard of states offering public support for the besieged and democratic state of Israel, our closest ally in the Middle East and beyond.”

Indiana’s bill is one of many bills that have been passed or are currently under consideration in state legislatures that would oppose the BDS movement. Last week, Florida lawmakers also overwhelmingly approved an anti-BDS law in a 112-2 majority.

 

 

Indiana State Passes Anti-BDS Bill

Posted by Virtual Jerusalem, March 3, 2016

The Indiana Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill banning state dealings with entities that boycott Israel or its settlements.

The bill approved 47-3 on Tuesday, with bipartisan backing, defines “the promotion of activities to boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel” as meeting the standard of “extraordinary circumstances” necessary under state law to mandate divestment from a company.

The state House of Representatives passed the measure in January. Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican who was a pro-Israel leader when he was in the U.S. Congress, is expected to sign the bill into law.

“This will place Indiana among the select vanguard of states that have publicly defended the Jewish State of Israel using proactive legislation,” said a statement Wednesday by the Jewish Affairs Committee of Indiana, which led the lobbying effort for the bill.

The bill includes in its definition “territories controlled by the Jewish State of Israel,” effectively including any bid to boycott settlements in its purview.

It is one of over 20 bills that have passed or are under consideration in state legislatures that would counter the BDS movement; not all include language targeting settlements. The Obama administration has said that while it will continue to oppose efforts to boycott Israel, it will not oppose bids that specifically target settlements.

The businesses defined in the bill include commercial enterprises and nonprofit organizations, which would mean that the bill, once enacted, would apply to universities. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement has focused its efforts on campuses and scholarly associations.

Funds that would be mandated to divest from businesses that boycott Israel include the retirement funds of teachers and public employees.

Indiana Passes Bill Banning Anti-Israel Boycotts

Senate overwhelmingly approves measure prohibiting state dealings with entities that shun Israel or its settlements

Posted by Times of Israel, March 3, 2016.

WASHINGTON — The Indiana Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill banning state dealings with entities that boycott Israel or its settlements.

The bill approved 47-3 on Tuesday, with bipartisan backing, defines “the promotion of activities to boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel” as meeting the standard of “extraordinary circumstances” necessary under state law to mandate divestment from a company.

The state House of Representatives passed the measure in January. Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican who was a pro-Israel leader when he was in the US Congress, is expected to sign the bill into law.

“This will place Indiana among the select vanguard of states that have publicly defended the Jewish State of Israel using proactive legislation,” said a statement Wednesday by the Jewish Affairs Committee of Indiana, which led the lobbying effort for the bill.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) meets with US Indiana Governor Mike Pence in Netanyahu’s office in Jerusalem on December 29, 2014. (screen capture: Facebook/The Prime Minister of Israel/GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) meets with US Indiana Governor Mike Pence in Jerusalem on December 29, 2014. (screen capture: Facebook/The Prime Minister of Israel/GPO)

The bill includes in its definition “territories controlled by the Jewish State of Israel,” effectively including any bid to boycott settlements in its purview.

It is one of over 20 bills that have passed or are under consideration in state legislatures that would counter the BDS movement; not all include language targeting settlements. The Obama administration has said that while it will continue to oppose efforts to boycott Israel, it will not oppose bids that specifically target settlements.

The businesses defined in the bill include commercial enterprises and nonprofit organizations, which would mean that the bill, once enacted, would apply to universities. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement has focused its efforts on campuses and scholarly associations.

Funds that would be mandated to divest from businesses that boycott Israel include the retirement funds of teachers and public employees.

Indiana State Senate Passes anti-BDS Bill

Posted March 3, 2016 by Haaretz

Bill prohibits state from dealings with any organizations that support BDS, placing Indiana ‘among vanguard of states that have publicly defended the Jewish State of Israel, local group says.

The Indiana Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill banning state dealings with entities that boycott Israel or its settlements.

The bill approved 47-3 on Tuesday, with bipartisan backing, defines “the promotion of activities to boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel” as meeting the standard of “extraordinary circumstances” necessary under state law to mandate divestment from a company.

The state House of Representatives passed the measure in January. Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican who was a pro-Israel leader when he was in the U.S. Congress, is expected to sign the bill into law. “This will place Indiana among the select vanguard of states that have publicly defended the Jewish State of Israel using proactive legislation,” said a statement Wednesday by the Jewish Affairs Committee of Indiana, which led the lobbying effort for the bill.

The bill includes in its definition “territories controlled by the Jewish State of Israel,” effectively including any bid to boycott settlements in its purview. It is one of over 20 bills that have passed or are under consideration in state legislatures that would counter the BDS movement; not all include language targeting settlements. The Obama administration has said that while it will continue to oppose efforts to boycott Israel, it will not oppose bids that specifically target settlements.

The businesses defined in the bill include commercial enterprises and nonprofit organizations, which would mean that the bill, once enacted, would apply to universities. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement has focused its efforts on campuses and scholarly associations.

Funds that would be mandated to divest from businesses that boycott Israel include the retirement funds of teachers and public employees.

Indiana anti-BDS bill passes state Senate

Posted by By JTA 03/03/2016  23 Adar/5776

The Indiana Senate overwmingly approved a bill this week banning state dealings with entities that boycott Israel or its settlements.

The bill approved 47-3 on Tuesday, with bipartisan backing, defines “the promotion of activities to boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel” as meeting the standard of “extraordinary circumstances” necessary under state law to mandate divestment from a company.

The state House of Representatives passed the measure in January.  Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican who was a pro-Israel leader when he was in the US Congress, is expected to sign the bill into law.

“This will place Indiana among the select vanguard of states that have publicly defended the Jewish State of Israel using proactive legislation,” said a statement Wednesday by the Jewish Affairs Committee of Indiana, which led the lobbying effort for the bill.

Indiana Passes BDS Resolution

Posted by Forward, March 2, 2016

The Indiana Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill banning state dealings with entities that boycott Israel or its settlements.

The bill approved 47-3 on Tuesday, with bipartisan backing, defines “the promotion of activities to boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel” as meeting the standard of “extraordinary circumstances” necessary under state law to mandate divestment from a company.

The state House of Representatives passed the measure in January. Gov. Mike Spence, a Republican who was a pro-Israel leader when he was in the U.S. Congress, is expected to sign the bill into law.

“This will place Indiana among the select vanguard of states that have publicly defended the Jewish State of Israel using proactive legislation,” said a statement Wednesday by the Jewish Affairs Committee of Indiana, which led the lobbying effort for the bill.

The bill includes in its definition “territories controlled by the Jewish State of Israel,” effectively including any bid to boycott settlements in its purview.

It is one of over 20 bills that have passed or are under consideration in state legislatures that would counter the BDS movement; not all include language targeting settlements. The Obama administration has said that while it will continue to oppose in its diplomatic dealings efforts to boycott Israel, it will not oppose bids that specifically target settlements.

The businesses defined in the bill include commercial enterprises and nonprofit organizations, which would mean that the bill, once passed, would apply to universities. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement has focused its efforts on campuses and scholarly associations.

Funds that would be mandated to divest from businesses that boycott Israel include the retirement funds of teachers and public employees.

 

Indiana General Assembly Stands up for Israel with Measure

Posted at  IndyStar 4:35 p.m. EST March 2, 2016

On behalf of Hoosier supporters of Israel, the Jewish American Affairs Committee of Indiana wishes to thank the Indiana General Assembly for its bipartisan, near-unanimous support in passingHouse Bill 1378. Special thanks must be given to Speaker Brian Bosma, the bill’s primary sponsor and main author, and Senate Majority Leader Brandt Hershman, the primary sponsor in the Senate. The bill prevents Indiana state pension funds from investing in entities that support the anti-Israel, anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement.

The BDS Movement, which seeks to demonize, delegitimize, isolate and ultimately destroy the Jewish state of Israel, has begun to appear in Indiana, especially on college campuses. The General Assembly’s support of HB 1378 demonstrates that the BDS Movement is morally repugnant to Hoosiers and will find no hospitable ground here. The bill’s passing also places Indiana among the vanguard of states offering public support for the besieged and democratic state of Israel, our closest ally in the Middle East and beyond.

Elliot Bartky, President, Jewish American Affairs Committee of Indiana, and Allon Friedman, Vice President

Indiana anti-BDS bill passes state Senate

Originally published by  Jewish Telegraphic Agency,  

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Indiana Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill banning state dealings with entities that boycott Israel or its settlements.

The bill approved 47-3 on Tuesday, with bipartisan backing, defines “the promotion of activities to boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel” as meeting the standard of “extraordinary circumstances” necessary under state law to mandate divestment from a company.

The state House of Representatives passed the measure in January.  Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican who was a pro-Israel leader when he was in the U.S. Congress, is expected to sign the bill into law.

“This will place Indiana among the select vanguard of states that have publicly defended the Jewish State of Israel using proactive legislation,” said a statement Wednesday by the Jewish Affairs Committee of Indiana, which led the lobbying effort for the bill.

The bill includes in its definition “territories controlled by the Jewish State of Israel,” effectively including any bid to boycott settlements in its purview.

It is one of over 20 bills that have passed or are under consideration in state legislatures that would counter the BDS movement; not all include language targeting settlements. The Obama administration has said that while it will continue to oppose efforts to boycott Israel, it will not oppose bids that specifically target settlements.

The businesses defined in the bill include commercial enterprises and nonprofit organizations, which would mean that the bill, once enacted, would apply to universities. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement has focused its efforts on campuses and scholarly associations.

Funds that would be mandated to divest from businesses that boycott Israel include the retirement funds of teachers and public employees.

News Alert: Update on Legislation and Local Issues

Jewish American Affairs Committee of Indiana

NEWS ALERT

 

The Jewish American Affairs Committee of Indiana is pleased to share the following notable successes we have achieved over the past few months:

  • Yesterday the Indiana State Senate voted 47-3 to approve our anti-Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) bill.  This follows in the footsteps of a 93-0 vote of support in the Indiana State House.  Special thanks goes to House Speaker Brian Bosma, the bill’s primary sponsor (please take a moment to call his office at 800-382-9841 and thank him for his support).   We expect that Governor Pence will sign this bill into law very soon.  This will place Indiana among the vanguard of states willing to publicly defend the Jewish State of Israel.   An anti-BDS resolution that was also authored by JAACI and that unanimously passed both the State House and Senate last spring received national and international attention.  We expect the current bill will receive even greater attention (numerous articles have already been written about it—you can google them) and we look forward to sharing some of it with you. The current bill can be read here:  https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2016/bills/house/1378#document-bc66abd9
  • The IUPUI campus has recently been plagued with anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and pro-BDS incitement, most of it sponsored by a particular professor on campus.  JAACI recently found out that this same professor had organized a Holocaust memorial ceremony in 2015 and planned to do so again this year.  This was not your typical Holocaust memorial service.  The primary sponsoring group was Students for Justice in Palestine and speakers included two local BDS-supporting Jews.  Moreover, the service intentionally conflated the Jewish victims of the Holocaust with various other groups that were also targeted by the Nazis.  This strategy of “universalizing” the Holocaust is an increasingly common tactic used by Israel’s enemies and the first step to accusing Israel itself of carrying out a holocaust.  Through an influential ally, JAACI was able to establish a dialogue with the IUPUI chancellor and explain why having this professor run the Holocaust service was intolerable.  The chancellor ultimately agreed and has turned the service over to campus Jewish groups to administer.
  • Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) is a virulently anti-Israel and anti-Semitic national group that serves as the “tip of the spear” for the pro-BDS movement.  Last fall JAACI found out that the regional leader of JVP was and is continuing to serve on the boards of local Jewish communal organizations.  JAACI immediately organized a large public awareness campaign to notify these organizations that this individual cannot reasonably continue to serve as an officer of these groups while at the same time trying to undermine the Jewish State and Jewish people.  JAACI has received assurances, which will need to be confirmed over time, that this individual will no longer be able to play both sides of the fence, so to speak.

 

  • JAACI continues to promote the cause of Israel and the Jewish people through published op-eds, letters, and speaking events, some of which can be found on JAACI’s website (www.jaaci.org).

 

JAACI has achieved some great success recently and hopes to bring further good news in the coming months.  JAACI wishes to thank all its supporters throughout Indiana and beyond and remind them that its success is due to the hard work of dedicated individuals who have volunteered their time and effort for the Jewish values of Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh beZeh—that all of Israel is responsible for one another—and Pikuach Nefesh—the preservation of human life.

 

Respectfully,

 

The Staff of JAACI

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