Florida county passes resolution opposing Israel boycotts
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Florida county passes resolution opposing Israel boycotts

Broward County Commission approves measure against BDS, and urges Israelis and Palestinians to return to direct negotiations to solve conflict

Illustrative: Demonstrators hold placards outside the Spanish Government Delegation in Barcelona on October 20, 2015 during a protest demanding an end to the collaboration between Spanish and Israeli institutions and Israeli violations in the West Bank and Jerusalem. (Photo by Albert Llop/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images via JTA)
Illustrative: Demonstrators hold placards outside the Spanish Government Delegation in Barcelona on October 20, 2015 during a protest demanding an end to the collaboration between Spanish and Israeli institutions and Israeli violations in the West Bank and Jerusalem. (Photo by Albert Llop/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images via JTA)

JTA — A county commission in southeastern Florida unanimously passed a resolution opposing the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel.

The Broward County Commission passed the resolution at a meeting on September 24.

The commission said in the four-page resolution that it “opposes the BDS movement targeting Israel, including all efforts to delegitimize the state of Israel and efforts to target United States companies that are engaged in legal commercial activities,” and “urges Israelis and Palestinians to return to direct negotiations as the only way to achieve an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” the Sun-Sentinel reported.

It also notes that “the BDS Movement effectively seeks to destroy the State of Israel as a homeland to the Jewish people, and seeks to establish one or two Palestinian-majority states.”

The Florida state legislature in 2016 passed an anti-BDS bill that prevents Florida state institutions from investing in or contracting with companies that boycott companies or products made in Israel. In April, the state legislature passed a bill that amends the state’s discrimination laws to equate criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis led a trade mission to Israel in late May, and convened a state Cabinet meeting at the Knesset.

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