INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana House unanimously declared this week it is opposed to efforts, primarily taking place on university campuses, encouraging the boycott of Israel-made products or promoting divestment from the U.S. ally.
House Resolution 59, co-sponsored by state Rep. Bill Fine, R-Munster, the only Jewish state representative, claims the decade-old boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is an assault on both Israel and the United States.
"Verbal attacks against Jews and the de-legitimization of Israel foster intimidation and promote violence, not only globally, but in Indiana," the resolution states.
It goes on to proclaim, "The Indiana House of Representatives reaffirms its support for the nation of Israel, recognizes that the Jewish people are indigenous to the land of Israel, condemns all attacks on the people of Israel, supports Israel’s right to engage in lawful acts of self-defense and opposes all attempts to deny the legitimacy of Israel as a sovereign state."
Fine said the resolution, to be sent to the U.S. president, Congress and the government of Israel, serves as "a necessary and continuing condemnation of anti-Semitism."
Supporters of the boycott movement seek to use political and economic pressure on Israel to improve the living conditions and guarantee equal rights and citizenship for Palestinians.