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Maryland governor: We will work only with supporters of Israel

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Staff Writer | October 24, 2017
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed an executive order Monday that prohibits the state from contracting with any business that refuses a pledge not to boycott Israel.
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Hogan's order will require that requests for state bids include language that mandates the company placing a bid has not participated in any boycott actions against Israel.

The legislation is the latest in state-led efforts to marginalize the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement, which seeks to end Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories through economic protest

Upon signing the order, Hogan sharply criticized the BDS movement as being anti-Israel.

"The shameful BDS movement seeks to undercut those rights and freedoms, using economic discrimination and fear, by boycotting Israeli companies and prohibiting them from doing business in the United States," Hogan said, adding: "As long as I am governor of Maryland, there is no place in our state for boycotts and threats which seek to undermine sincere dialogue, compromise, and cooperation."

In a statement, U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights executive director Yousef Munayyer blasted Hogan's order as unconstitutional and "immoral."