Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ambassador Danny Danon
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ambassador Danny Danon Office of the Mayor - City of Chicago

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon met this week with Mayor Rahm Emanuel during his visit to Chicago.

Following their meeting, Ambassador Danon noted, “Israel and Chicago have a lot in common. We are both leaders in water treatment and conservation, and we are both prioritizing innovation and technology at the top of our agendas.”

Ambassador Danon also discussed with Mayor Emanuel the joint battle against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. “Chicago stands by Israel and Israel stands by Chicago in this important battle,” Danon said.

The State of Illinois was the first American state to implement legislation against the BDS movement. Ambassador Danon thanked Mayor Emanuel for the successful implementation of this law in Chicago and called for continued coordination and cooperation against those who seek to delegitimize Israel.

Anti-BDS legislation has been picking up steam in the U.S. Just last week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie adopted an anti-BDS bill.

The bill signed by Governor Christie had passed both the State Senate and Assembly almost unanimously. The new legislation will prohibit pension fund investment in entities that call for a boycott of Israel, and mandates a special report which will be presented to the State’s legislators to guarantee that the bill is being implemented.

In June, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive orderbanning state companies from collaborating with entities that promote BDS.