Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Signs Statement Against
The American Jewish Committee has called on all state governors to condemn the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and affirm that Israel remains a vital US ally and economic partner.
The BDS movement seeks to demonize, delegitimize, and isolate Israel, America’s strongest democratic ally in the Middle East. The goals and tactics of BDS are not just ill-conceived and counterproductive; they are also antithetical to American interests and value
Alabama’s new Governor Kay Ivey was one of the first governors to sign AJC’s Governors United Against BDS Statement. Forty-four other governors have also signed the statement. Here are some edited excerpts from the statement:
We, the undersigned Governors, reject efforts to demonize and delegitimize Israel — America’s democratic ally in the Middle East — through the BDS movement.
The goals of the BDS movement are antithetical to our values and the values of our respective states. They seek to isolate Israel-a pluralistic nation with deep cultural, familial, security, educational, scientific and commercial bonds with our state and with the US as a whole-rather than recognize the profound mutual benefits of our engagement with it.
They malign a trusted ally that, while forced to defend itself against repeated and ongoing attempts to annihilate it, has consistently extended its hand in peace to its Palestinian neighbors and to states across the Middle East and around the world.
At this critical time, in the face of the virulent movement to promote anti-Israel boycotts both in this country and around the globe, we strongly condemn the BDS movement as incompatible with the values of our states and our country. Likewise, we reaffirm our support for Israel as a vital US ally, important economic partner and champion of freedom.
The Birmingham Jewish Federation, through our annual campaign, allocates funds to the AJC Atlanta Regional Office, which covers the Southeast. We have a great relationship with AJC and often reach out to the organization for advice and consultation when certain issues arise.
Please consider thanking Gov. Kay Ivey for her support by going to the link below. AJC has put together a thank you letter that can also be found below.