Columbia, S.C. – Governor McMaster today signed the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) letter rejecting the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, one of the United States’ oldest and most important economic and diplomatic allies. Governor McMaster joins 50 former and current governors to sign the letter.
A signed copy of the letter can be found here.
The letter expresses the importance of ending the BDS movement, which will enable Israel to more effectively take part in negotiating a peaceful, two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
It reads, “The goals of the BDS movement are antithetical to our values and the values of our respective states. They seek to isolate Israel – a pluralistic nation with deep cultural, familial, security, educational, scientific, and commercial bonds with our state and with the United States as a whole – rather than recognize the profound mutual benefits of our engagement with it.”