UPDATE: Iowa Gov. Signs Stronger Anti-Israel Boycott Measures into Law

Earlier this month NLPC reported that the Iowa state legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill that clears the way for the Hawkeye State to penalize Unilever for the anti-Israel boycott of its subsidiary, Ben & Jerry’s.

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported over the weekend that Gov. Kim Reynolds (pictured above) has signed the measure into law:

“Today we express Iowa’s enduring support for the State of Israel and our categorical rejection of anti-Semitism,” Reynolds said in a statement. “Together, these bills send an important message: Iowa continues to stand shoulder to shoulder with the State of Israel, one of America’s most important and reliable allies while fighting all forms of religious and ethnic discrimination.”…


…Numerous states (including Colorado just this week) have invoked their anti-boycott laws to divest public funds from Unilever, the parent company of Ben & Jerry’s.


Though Iowa has already had such a provision on the books since 2016, the specific description of which companies are now included under the law would likely make it easier for the state to inflict subsequent punishment on Unilever over the Ben & Jerry’s controversy.

Learn more about NLPC’s initiative to hold Unilever accountable at StopBenandJerrys.com.



Tags: anti-Semitism, Ben and Jerry's, Boycott Divestment and Sanctions, Iowa, Israel, Unilever