Northwestern Law Professor Challenges Israel Boycott State By State

Protesters against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement stand behind a police barricade during the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York. The international boycott movement against Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians has gained some momentum in the U.S. Once a unifying cause for generations of American Jews, Israel is now bitterly dividing Jewish communities.
Protesters against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement stand behind a police barricade during the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York. The international boycott movement against Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians has gained some momentum in the U.S. Once a unifying cause for generations of American Jews, Israel is now bitterly dividing Jewish communities. John Minchillo / AP Photo
Protesters against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement stand behind a police barricade during the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York. The international boycott movement against Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians has gained some momentum in the U.S. Once a unifying cause for generations of American Jews, Israel is now bitterly dividing Jewish communities.
Protesters against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement stand behind a police barricade during the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York. The international boycott movement against Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians has gained some momentum in the U.S. Once a unifying cause for generations of American Jews, Israel is now bitterly dividing Jewish communities. John Minchillo / AP Photo

Northwestern Law Professor Challenges Israel Boycott State By State

The BDS movement challenges governments and corporations to boycott, divest and sanction Israel and Israeli-based companies for their presence in Palestinian territories. 

Many activists have turned to states, lobbying to divest government funds from Israeli-associated companies. Many states, including Illinois, have in turn passed legislation banning state-sanctioned boycotts of Israel. 

Northwestern University professor Eugene Kontorovich had a part in writing many of the state laws condemning BDS. He joins us from Israel to discuss his part in challenging BDS.