TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas is on the path to join a growing number of states who won’t award contracts to companies waging an “economic attack” on Israel via the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.
The House passed a bill 116-9 on Wednesday that would prohibit the state from participating in BDS or from contracting with businesses that participate in BDS.
Supporters say the bill protects Kansas and Israel’s trading partnership. The Kansas Department of Commerce says Israel hovers around the top 20 trading partners the state has each year. But so far, the department hasn’t found any companies in Kansas publicly boycotting Israel.
Pro-Palestinian groups object, charging that the law discriminates against businesses that practice their right to boycott.