By Hilary Levine
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has joined AJC‘s Governors United Against the BDS initiative, affirming his clear rejection of the BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) movement.
“We are deeply grateful for Governor Wolf’s commitment to the Pennsylvania – Israel partnership. By joining this initiative, Governor Wolf has demonstrated a clear rejection of the pernicious goals of the BDS movement,” said AJC Philadelphia Regional Director Marcia Bronstein.
The Governors United statement declares that “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 U.S. ally, important economic partner and champion of freedom.”
Israel is a “pluralistic nation with deep cultural, familial, security, educational, scientific and commercial bonds with our states and with the United States as a whole,” asserts the statement.
The governors reaffirm their commitment to “the principle of two states for two peoples, existing side by side in peace, security and mutual recognition, and achieved through direct, bilateral negotiations.” And they emphasize that the BDS movement “undermines peacemaking by suggesting that economic and political pressure on Israel can replace real negotiation.”