Governor Roy Cooper

Signs Into Law

Anti-BDS House Bill 161

The State of North Carolina will not Contract with or Invest in Companies which Boycott Israel


On Thursday, July 27th, Governor Roy Cooper signed into law, HB 161. This law prohibits the State of NC from contracting with companies which boycott Israel, or to invest state pension funds with such designated businesses. NC became the 22nd state to enact such legislation.

The accomplishment was the result of the persistent efforts of the pro-Israel community in NC over a nearly 18 month period. The Jewish Federations of NC including in Raleigh/Cary, Durham/Chapel Hill, Greensboro and Charlotte aided by the Israel Action Network provided the organizational strength. The effort was led by Carin Savel, the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary.

Voice for Israel was proud to be one of the first groups to lay the groundwork for the initiative, and to provide much of the on-going grassroots support.

The final bill was passed with strong bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.


Here is the text of Governor’s Cooper’s remarks at the bill signing:


Good afternoon.

Thank you for joining me as I sign into law House Bill 161.

This new law requires our state government to divest from companies that boycott Israel.

It also prohibits the state from entering future contacts with companies that boycott Israel.

As one of our country’s closest allies, Israel deserves our support.

This bill strengthens support for the fruitful ongoing economic and cultural relationship between Israel and North Carolina.

Our state conducts nearly $140 million in exports and commerce with Israel each year.

This new law is a step forward that has been taken by several other states in the U.S.

Twenty-two states have already passed similar legislation.

I would like to thank the primary sponsors of this bill for their work: Representatives Stephen Ross and Jon Hardister.

I’m also grateful for the efforts of the

The Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary

The Jewish Federation of Greensboro

The Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte

The Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill

Voice For Israel

and the

Israel Action Network

that provided the leadership that makes this possible.

I will now sign into law House Bill 161.


“This bill makes it clear that the State of North Carolina stands with Israel, which has long been an important trading partner of North Carolina,” said Carin Savel, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary. "Today is a historic day for the State of NC and the State of Israel"


Representative Stephen Ross, deputy majority leader in the NC House and the primary bill sponsor, said, “Today is a significant day for North Carolina,It’s important for our state to stand with Israel against boycotts that threaten Israel’s sovereignty. This bill protects North Carolina’s economy from efforts to restrict trade and affirms our state’s economic commitments to Israel. ”


"Governor Cooper signed into law anti-BDS legislation on Thursday, making NC the 22nd state to do so. This is a great day for Israel and NC and is a defeat for those who seek division and endless conflict," stated Mike Ross, President of V4I.



V4I Contingent and Rabbi Greyber surround Governor Cooper

in Celebration after the Signing.



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Is to Promote Solidarity with Israel
Through Education and Advocacy

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V4I and StandWithUS Successful Pro-Israel

Chapel Hill Bus Ad Campaign



Voice for Israel is proud to have partnered with StandWithUs

in the placement of Pro-Israel ads on Chapel Hill buses with the theme:

“Imagine  Peace… Israel Seeks a Partner for Peace”