Later this month, lawmakers in Annapolis hold hearings on legislation that supporters believe would put the state of Maryland clearly on the side of Israel, in a worldwide movement to boycott Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians.
The legislation (HB 949 and SB 739) would ban the state of Maryland from offering procurement contracts, or making any investments in companies that boycott Israel.
The legislation was a topic of conversation on this week's edition of Maryland's News This Week.
The legislation is in response to a worldwide Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement that seeks to put economic pressure on Israel to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians. It is similar to the 1980's movement that put pressure on South Africa to end Apartheid.