"To continue receiving [University of Arkansas] ad dollars, we would have to certify in writing that our company was not engaged in a boycott of Israel.

It was puzzling...why would we be required to sign a pledge regarding a country in the Middle East?"

"I understood the context of that email.

In 2017, Arkansas pledged to enforce support for Israel by mandating that public agencies not do business with contractors unless those contractors affirm that they do not boycott Israel."
"The idea behind the bill goes back 16 years.

In 2005, Palestinian civil society launched a campaign calling for “boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel until it complies with international law and universal principles of human rights.”"
"In response, Israel and lobbyists have used multiple strategies to quash the movement.

In the US, one such strategy took the form of anti-B.D.S. (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) bills.

Currently, more than 30 states have provisions on the books similar to Arkansas."

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