Legislators in Mississippi have taken the first step to punish businesses that want to punish Israel.
With an 88-10 vote in the Mississippi House of Representatives, legislators passed a bill that prevents the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel, a far-left movement known as boycott, divestment and sanctions, or BDS.
The measure has now moved to the state Senate.
Donnie Bell, a Republican member of House and who drafted the legislation, tells OneNewsNow that he visited Israel years ago, where he met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who encouraged him to support the anti-BDS movement.
"Israel has been attacked business-wise in a lot of different areas," he says. "It's a true democracy in the Middle East, and I think as a country and as a state we need to support that democracy."
Bell predicts a positive response in the GOP-led Senate and says Gov. Phil Bryant supports it, too.
Mississippi joins at least 27 states that have approved legislation against the anti-Israel BDS movement.