Kentucky governor Matt Bevin has signed an executive command that will bar any state contracts with companies that support Israel's boycott, calling the anti-Semitic movement of BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) and "conflicts ".
Bevin signed the order on Thursday during a ceremony in the Kentucky Capitol with the Ambassador of Israel Ron Dermer and the Consulate of Israel's General to Judith Varnai Trustee in the South East of the United States.
Bevin is called the anti-Semitic movement and "conflicts". He referred to extracts from Ezekiel's book in the Bible for being a guardian, saying that Kentucky was watching and sounding the alarm.
"The Israeli State is an important friend and a Commonwealth trading partner," said Bevin. "We will not allow state resources for the benefit of entities that deliberately carry out discriminatory practices to damage the sovereignty and economic prosperity of any nation as a country. A working order today makes it clear that Kentucky condemns the BDS movement and we stand a shoulder with a friend, Israel. "
Dermer thanked Bevin for "explaining that anti-Semites are not welcome in the Bluegrass State."
The executive command states that "The Commonwealth of Kentucky rejects the BDS movement unfairly and stands firmly with Israel," stating that BDS practices threaten sovereignty and the security of the United States and friend league Commonwealth.
"Israel's Boycott is immoral, as it specifically targets the only democracy in the Middle East, a constant US emitter for decades," said Matthew Goldberg, Director of Community Relations for the Louisville Jewish Federation . "Everyone in the Commonwealth of Kentucky should be pleased that we now record as an official opposition to demolish Israel."
Kentucky has a strong trade relationship with Israel, which led to the export of almost $ 85 million in last year's goods and services. As the 17th largest country exporter of goods in the country, Bevin noted that Kentucky's growing economy benefits from free trade that does not hinder or restrict discriminatory practices.
In 2017, exported goods accounted for more than 15 percent of domestic domestic products, with almost 4,500 exporter companies from Kentucky to other countries.
"The Christian community is grateful to Gov. Bevin for his leadership in taking this step to protect Israel from discriminating on trading," said Dave Wicker, a Christian Contact to Christians United to Israel. "The BDS movement is discriminatory and anti-Semitic inherently and does not have a Commonwealth place. I am pleased that Kentucky is standing to oppose religious discrimination against our biggest shovels, Israel."
Bevin has joined the governors of all 50 states and the United States and the mayor of the Columbia Area when signing the pledge "Unified Governors Against BDS".
In 2016, Kentucky House of Representatives House Resolution 250 adopted, opposing the BDS movement and expressing support for the sovereignty of Israel. State Representative, Tim Moore, has co-ordinated the decision, which he noted, if not resolved, that the BDS movement threatens to weaken the Jewish State. (UWI)