Youngkin pushes for bill to ban business with companies that boycott Israel

Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R-VA) encouraged the new joint Assembly to embrace his efforts against antisemitism during its new legislative session, which opened on Wednesday.

“I want to challenge us. … I want to challenge all of us. … Pass a bill which says the commonwealth of Virginia won’t do business with companies that boycott Israel,” the Republican governor said while delivering his State of the Commonwealth address at the Virginia Capitol.

“Pass a hate crime bill which ensures all forms of antisemitism, not just religious bigotry, are treated as hate crimes under the law,” he also said.

The governor expressed that Virginians should not have to live in fear of antisemitism.

“When parents send their children to college, when a young family goes to the grocery store, when someone goes to Friday prayer at a mosque or Saturday
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