- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a measure that blocks state and local authorities from entering into contracts with businesses that boycott Israel.

The proposal requires all companies that work with state and local governments to certify they are not boycotting Israel. It also requires the state treasurer and retirement systems to divest or withdraw all direct public holdings from restricted companies.

Spokeswoman Annie Dockendorff said Ducey supports Israel as an important trade partner and ally.

House Bill 2617 signed Thursday is one of several making their way through legislatures in at least six states. The proposal is in response to Palestinian human rights groups calling for boycotts until Israel complies with international law.

Democratic Sen. Steve Farley opposed the measure calling it “politically motivated.”

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