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Overview

New Jersey has an anti-boycott law in effect that prohibits state pension funds from investing in companies that boycott Israel or Israeli businesses. Lawmakers introduced antisemitism redefinition bills in 2019, but civil rights groups and advocates raised concerns over how the definition could be used to chill protected speech, and these bills failed to move.

State Legislation

Legislation
S 1923
Status
In Effect
In Effect Since
August 2016
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, State Investments
Full Text
Read S 1923 

This anti-boycott law requires state pension funds to withdraw investments from any company that boycotts the goods, products, or businesses of Israel or companies operating in Israel or territories occupied by Israel. The law requires the state to create a blacklist of companies that boycott Israel. Companion bill: A925.

Defeated Legislation

Legislation
S 4169
Status
Defeated
Defeated On
January 2020
Type(s)
Antisemitism Redefinition
Full Text
Read S 4169 

This antisemitism redefinition bill adopts a definition of antisemitism for use in enforcing existing anti-discrimination laws and regulations. Though the bill does not focus on criticism of Israel, the bill declares that the IHRA definition—a distorted definition of antisemitism that could encompass virtually all criticism of Israel—includes examples of “anti-Israel acts” that cross the line into antisemitism. This statement bolsters ongoing efforts to use the IHRA definition to suppress protected speech. The bill was introduced alongside companion bill A5939.

Defeated Legislation

Legislation
S 4001
Status
Defeated
Defeated On
January 2020
Type(s)
Antisemitism Redefinition

This antisemitism redefinition bill amends the state’s anti-discrimination law applying to public schools and universities. The bill adopts a distorted definition of antisemitism that could encompass virtually all criticism of Israel, circumscribing protected political speech activities. After civil rights groups raised constitutional concerns about this bill and companion bill A5755, legislators introduced A5939/S4169, which removed several Israel-related examples from the definition.

Defeated Legislation

Legislation
A 925
Status
Defeated
Defeated On
January 2018
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, State Investments
Full Text
Read A 925 

This anti-boycott bill requires state pension funds to withdraw investments from companies that boycott Israel, entities doing business with Israel, or entities in Israel or territories it occupies. The bill requires the state to create a blacklist of companies that boycott Israel. Though the bill failed, its companion bill S1923 was enacted in 2016.

Defeated Legislation

Legislation
A 4665
Status
Defeated
Defeated On
January 2016
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, State Investments
Full Text
Read A 4665 

This anti-boycott bill prohibits state investment in companies that boycott goods, products or businesses of Israel. The bill requires the state to create a blacklist of all investments that violate this prohibition. The bill makes an exception for companies providing humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people. Related bill: S3044.

Defeated Legislation

Legislation
A 5939
Status
Defeated
Defeated On
January 2020
Type(s)
Antisemitism Redefinition
Full Text
Read A 5939 

This antisemitism redefinition bill adopts a definition of antisemitism for use in enforcing existing anti-discrimination laws and regulations. Though the bill does not focus on criticism of Israel, the bill declares that the IHRA definition—a distorted definition of antisemitism that could encompass virtually all criticism of Israel—includes examples of “anti-Israel acts” that cross the line into antisemitism. This statement bolsters ongoing efforts to use the IHRA definition to suppress protected speech. The bill was introduced alongside companion bill S4169.

Defeated Legislation

Legislation
A 5755
Status
Defeated
Defeated On
January 2020
Type(s)
Antisemitism Redefinition
Full Text
Read A 5755 

This antisemitism redefinition bill amends the state’s anti-discrimination law applying to public schools and universities. The bill adopts a distorted definition of antisemitism that could encompass virtually all criticism of Israel, circumscribing protected political speech activities. After civil rights groups raised constitutional concerns about this bill and companion bill S4001, legislators introduced A5939/S4169, which removed several Israel-related examples from the definition.

Defeated Legislation

Legislation
A 2940
Status
Defeated
Defeated On
January 2018
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, Defunding
Full Text
Read A 2940 

This anti-boycott bill defunds state institutions of higher education that directly or indirectly fund academic entities or associations that boycott, condemn, or otherwise oppose businesses, institutions, academic personnel, public officials, or actions of the state of Israel.

Defeated Legislation

Legislation
S 3044
Status
Defeated
Defeated On
January 2016
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, State Investments
Full Text
Read S 3044 

This anti-boycott bill prohibits state investment in companies that boycott goods, products or businesses of Israel. The bill requires the state to create a blacklist of all investments that violate this prohibition. The bill makes an exception for companies providing humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people. Related bill: A4665.

Resolutions

Legislation
SJR 81
Status
Passed
Date Passed
January 2016
Full Text
Read SJR 81 

This joint resolution condemns the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement and academic boycotts in particular. The version that passed deleted language that explicitly blamed boycotts for justice for increased antisemitism, focusing instead on how the human rights movement threatens Israel’s legitimacy. Companion resolution: AJR 122.

Defeated Legislation

Legislation
AJR 122
Status
Defeated
Defeated On
January 2016
Full Text
Read AJR 122 

This joint resolution condemns the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement and academic boycotts in particular. The amended version deleted language that explicitly blamed boycotts for justice for increased antisemitism, focusing instead on how the human rights movement threatens Israel’s legitimacy. The companion resolution, SJR 81, passed both houses.

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