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StandWithUs Commends Florida for Overwhelmingly Passing Nation's Strongest Anti-Boycott Legislation to Date on February 24, 2016
(Tallahassee, FL - February 24, 2016) -- StandWithUs commends the Florida legislature for passing anti-boycott/anti-discrimination legislation SB-86 on February 24 and urges Governor Rick Scott to sign it.   The bill passed overwhelmingly by a vote of 112-2.
 
Through the bipartisan efforts of Senator Joe Negron (R- 32) , Representative Ritch Workman (R-52), Representative Jared Moskowitz (D-52) and Representative Kevin Rader (D-81), and overwhelming grassroots support of Florida's citizens, the state is set to have a new law to defend itself against the bigotry and discrimination of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Movement, and the economic harm it causes.
 
Roz Rothstein, CEO StandWithUs, commented, “The (BDS) movement is a dangerous  front in the war against Israel. It is a propaganda campaign that is designed to erode support for Israel, isolate it as a pariah of  nations, and marshal international forces to deligimitize and eventually eliminate the Jewish state. The movement, while being anti-Israel is not pro-peace or even pro-Palestinian. Its goals, if achieved, would leave Palestinians impoverished. We welcome the fact that Florida is joining Illinois and South Carolina in rejecting the boycott campaign.”
 
While the law makes clear that the State of Florida will not engage in commerce with boycotters, it does not infringe on the 1st Amendment right to free speech. This law does not say a group cannot boycott Israel or advocate for boycotting Israel. It does not penalize any private party's exercise of free speech.  What this law does say is that the legislature controls taxpayer money, and it decides where to invest it and where to spend it. Florida is exercising its financial discretion to support public policy and the basic ethical standards of government.  As there is overwhelming documentation that the BDS movement is thinly veiled anti-Semitism, with this law, Florida makes clear that anti-Semitism is against its public policy.
 
Israel Allies Foundation Deputy Director Joseph Sabag stated: “Florida's new anti-discrimination/boycott law is good as a matter of economic policy, public policy and foreign policy. This is a great accomplishment for the pro-Israel community, and a resounding defeat for the BDS Movement. We want to thank our friends at StandWithUs for helping to lead the way with terrific community engagement in this effort.” 
 
Sara Gold Rafel, director, StandWithUs Southeast added, "We urge Governor Scott to sign the legislation immediately and put Florida on the map as a leader against ethnic and religious discrimination."
 
About StandWithUs
 
StandWithUs (SWU) is a fourteen year-old, international, non-profit Israel education organization that supports people around the world who want to educate their campuses and communities about Israel. SWU educates through social media, videos, hosts speakers, programs and conferences in cities around the world, offers website resources and creates materials about Israel in different languages and on a variety of topics that are distributed globally.
 
Based in Los Angeles, the organization has chapters throughout the U.S., in Israel, the UK and Canada, including Florida. 
 
www.standwithus.com and https://www.facebook.com/standwithussoutheast/?fref=ts
 
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