Press Release: South Carolina Adopts first anti-BDS law in America


South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley Signs anti-BDS Bill into Law

H 3583 the first anti-BDS bill to become state law in America

Washington, D.C. – Willem Griffioen, Executive Director of the Israel Allies Foundation (IAF) issued the following statement in response to Governor Haley’s signing of H 3583.

“We applaud the State of South Carolina for making H 3583 the law and delivering a historic piece of pro-Israel legislation in doing so.  The timing and importance of this groundbreaking legislation cannot be overstated. It was truly an honor for our organization to contribute our expertise and educational resources to this effort.”

“Our work on this issue has only just begun. IAF’s team of experts have merged South Carolina’s H 3583 with Illinois’ SB 1761 into one piece of model legislation. IAF has now proven its preparedness to help lead the legislative battle against the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) in all fifty states. We are offering all of the supporting resources legislators need to accomplish this important point of public policy. IAF is pleased to announce that a bloc of sponsors across 18 states has already committed to introducing similar legislation in their next legislative cycle.”

“Moving forward, IAF is in the process of finalizing a partnership with another major pro-Israel organization in the United States. The collaboration will produce a network with over two million members and will go a long way in ensuring the success of the upcoming legislative effort."

“We call upon the community of interested pro-Israel organizations to immediately reach out to us in order to organize and coordinate supportive efforts. Together we will defeat anti-Jewish bigotry, BDS and national-origin discrimination.”

“Finally, we wish to commend Representative Alan Clemmons for his outstanding leadership in working to make H 3583 the law in South Carolina. Over the years, Representative Clemmons has made an incredible mark in the history of state legislative support for Israel. We are proud to continue our support of his effort to see H 3583 passed everywhere possible. Representative Clemmons truly stands among Israel’s finest friends.”




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