2016-07-20 / Voice at the Shore

Brown lauds passage of anti-BDS bill


Assemblyman Chris Brown (left) in Israel with Jacob Toporek, executive director of the NJ State Association of Jewish Federations. Assemblyman Chris Brown (left) in Israel with Jacob Toporek, executive director of the NJ State Association of Jewish Federations. “We have no greater ally in the Middle East than Israel, and it’s in America’s economic and security interest to make sure Israel remains strong and stable,” said Assemblyman Chris Brown, (R-Atlantic) sponsor of a bill preventing the state of New Jersey from investing in companies that boycott, divest or sanction Israel. That bill—S- 1923/A-925, was passed by the Senate in May and approved by the General Assembly on June 27.

“From what I‘ve learned, the BDS movement is rooted in hate, and not truly motivated to help the peace effort,” said Brown, who participated in a Federation Mission to Israel for legislators earlier this year. “An economically strong Israel is the only way to ensure stability and peace for both Israelis and Palestinians.”

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement seeks to de-stabilize Israel by punishing it economically. S- 1923/A-925 would counter that effort by prohibiting the state of New Jersey from investing its pension and annuity funds in companies that boycott, divest from or sanction Israel or Israeli businesses. The Senate version had previously been approved. It was anticipated at press time that Gov. Chris Christie would sign the proposed legislation into law. s

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