October 3, 2017 – The JCRC, a program of JEWISHcolorado, commends the Board of Trustees of Colorado’s Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) for recently restricting investment in the Danish bank, Danske, for their continued blacklisting of two Israeli defense companies.
“Such boycotts hinder the prospects for peace.” said Ben Lusher, chair of JCRC. “We appreciate how PERA investigated the matter and acted appropriately under our law to combat the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign to stigmatize and delegitimize Israel.”
The JCRC proudly led passage of Colorado’s Anti-BDS legislation in 2016 with sponsors Senators Leroy Garcia, Owen Hill, Dominick Moreno, and Representative Dan Nordberg. JCRC also strongly supports the bipartisan proposals before the U.S. Congress that codify our law and similar measures in 20 other states. Specifically, the Combating BDS Act of 2017 (S.170 and H.R. 2856) would give state and local governments the protection to disassociate pensions and contracts from entities that boycott, divest from or sanction Israel.
In addition, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S.720 and H.R.1697) would directly address the discriminatory actions currently being advanced by the United Nations (U.N.) High Commissioner for Human Rights by expanding existing U.S. anti-boycott laws to international organizations – effectively barring U.S. companies from complying with their efforts to isolate the Jewish state.
We are reassured that Congressional leaders are collaborating to confirm that the language of this legislation does not restrict anyone’s constitutionally-protected free speech and we encourage all members of our delegation to join us in standing-up against the BDS campaign by co-sponsoring and working to enact these measures at the earliest possible date.
The JCRC (Jewish Community Relations Council), a program of JEWISHcolorado, advocates for domestic and international policy issues that affect the Colorado Jewish community, represents these views to the Jewish community and to the general community of Colorado, and organizes the Jewish community in times of crisis. JCRC consists of more than 38 member organizations, 15 at-large members, and is affiliated with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA).