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Overview

Indiana has an anti-boycott law in effect that prohibits state investment in entities that boycott for Palestinian rights. Signed into law in 2016, the bill requires the Indiana Public Retirement System to create a blacklist of companies engaging in such boycotts and divest from such companies. Indiana’s House and Senate have each passed non-binding resolutions, both of which denounce BDS, specifically academic boycotts for Palestinian rights, and conflate criticism of Israel with antisemitism.

State Legislation

Legislation
HB 1378
Status
In Effect
In Effect Since
July 2016
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, State Investments
Full Text
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This anti-boycott law requires the Indiana public retirement system board of trustees to create a blacklist of for-profit businesses that engage or acquiesce in efforts to “limit commercial relations with the Jewish state of Israel or businesses that are based in the Jewish state of Israel or territories controlled by the Jewish state of Israel.” The law requires public retirement funds to divest direct holdings from blacklisted companies. The preambular language smears BDS campaigns as damaging to peace and justice, harmful for Palestinian workers, and creating a climate of fear on Indiana’s college campuses.

Resolutions

Legislation
SR 74
Status
Passed
Date Passed
April 2015
Full Text
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This is a non-binding Senate resolution that condemns BDS, falsely claiming it creates a climate of anti-Jewish hatred. The resolution specifically condemns academic boycotts for Palestinian rights and references Indiana University and Purdue University presidents’ condemnation of academic boycotts for Palestinian rights. 

Legislation
HR 59
Status
Passed
Date Passed
April 2015
Full Text
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This is a non-binding House resolution that condemns BDS, falsely claiming it creates a climate of anti-Jewish hatred. The resolution specifically condemns academic boycotts for Palestinian rights and references Indiana University and Purdue University presidents’ condemnation of academic boycotts for Palestinian rights. 

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