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Ohio Becomes Latest State to Introduce Anti-BDS Bill

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and Israeli MK Hilik Bar are leading the charge

Jonathan Zalman
October 13, 2015

Ohio is looking to join Illinois and South Carolina—states that have already cemented anti-BDS legislation, in May and June respectively—by passing a law that will prevent the state from conducting business with organizations or individuals who participate in boycotting Israel. This intention was announced last Thursday by Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, following a speech by Israeli MK Hilik Bar, reported The Jerusalem Post.

Bar’s address, which reportedly touched on a number of issues in the Middle East, including the Iran nuclear deal, was reportedly a first in the Ohio Senate building. His trip was reportedly funded by the Israel Leadership Institute. Bar was later presented with a key to the State of Ohio.

New York and Indiana, as of this publishing, have anti-BDS resolutions in place that have yet to become laws.

Jonathan Zalman is a writer and teacher based in Brooklyn.