May 4, 2017
Minneapolis, MN – Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement:
“The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) is grateful to Governor Mark Dayton for signing into law yesterday bipartisan legislation which prohibits the State of Minnesota from contracting with businesses which discriminate against Israel or people doing business in Israel. By approving this bipartisan measure, Minnesota becomes the 18th state to approve pro-Israel/anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement) legislation and the 19th state overall to take a stand against the BDS movement.
“The JCRC is appreciative of the leadership of the bill’s Republican and Democratic authors, Representatives Ron Kresha and Jon Applebaum, Senators Warren Limmer, Ron Latz, Dick Cohen, and Paul Anderson.
“We are pleased that the legislation has the strong support of Senate and House Republican leadership, Majority Leader Joyce Peppin, Speaker Kurt Daudt and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka along with support from Minority Leader Senator Tom Bakk and Minority Leader Melissa Hortman. House File 400 was approved with a bipartisan vote of 57-8 in the Senate and 103-28 in the House, demonstrating that Minnesota’s commitment to a strong relationship with the people of Israel transcends our political differences.
“According to Ethan Roberts, who led the JCRC’s lobbying efforts in support of this law, ‘yesterday’s approval by Governor Dayton and the substantial bipartisan support at the Minnesota Legislature is an unequivocal rejection of the BDS Movement and is particularly timely coming just one day after Israeli Independence Day.’”
As the public affairs voice of the Jewish community, the JCRC fights anti-Semitism and prejudice, advocates for Israel, provides Holocaust education, promotes tolerance and social justice, and builds bridges across the Jewish and broader communities.