Oklahoma’s governor signs anti-Israel boycott legislation


(JTA) — Oklahoma can no longer contract with companies that boycott Israel.

On Tuesday, Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican, signed a bill that would apply to state contracts over $100,000, unless the company is officially exempted by the Oklahoma secretary of state. The measure says that Oklahoma may not enter into contracts with companies that advocate boycotts, divestment or sanctions against Israel, a reference to the BDS movement against Israel.

In March, attorneys with the Oklahoma chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union and Council on American-Islamic Relations told the legislature that the measure is unconstitutional, KFOR reported.

At least 28 states have passed legislation against attempts to boycott Israel. Federal judges in Arizona, Kansas and Texas have blocked such anti-boycott laws from taking effect.

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