NEW YORK - Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) announced Wednesday that he is co-sponsoring a bi-partisan bill, introduced by U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), to combat the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
The Combating BDS Act removes any federal law that would prevent state and local governments from passing legislation divesting from companies who participate in BDS. Furthermore, the bill would prevent any person from bringing a lawsuit against any company, based on the company’s divesting from, or avoiding investing in, other companies involved in BDS.
“By protecting states and local governments that dissociate with companies that participate in BDS, we send the message loud and clear that we will not stand for those who unfairly target and boycott Israel,” said Senator Schumer in a press release. “As a staunch supporter of Israel, the most democratic nation in the region, I am urging my colleagues in Congress to pass this bipartisan bill and stand with our ally, Israel, against those that seek to unfairly financially target and discriminate against it.”