LINCOLN – State Sen. Julie Slama introduced in bill in the state Legislature today that would require state contractors to certify that they are not engaged in a commercial boycott of Israel.

Slama: “We’ve all seen how Israel stood bravely against attacks by terrorist organizations who seek to wipe the Jewish state off the map, but what doesn’t grab the same headlines is the anti-Israel and frankly antisemitic efforts by some to use boycotts to achieve what terrorists' bombs have failed to accomplish: the destruction of the world’s only Jewish state.”

LB 845 would adopt the Anti-Discrimination Against Israel Act. Similar provisions have been enacted in 35 states since 2015 to counter the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Slama said  LB845 would not ban boycotts of Israel, but would help ensure that taxpayer dollars do subsidize an effort to harm a key economic, moral, and strategic partner for the United States and our state.

Slama: “This legislation will put Nebraska on record in both word and deed that our state will not bankroll those who engage in discriminatory boycotts of Israel.”