Organization stresses importance of Israel as trading partner with Kansas

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A local organization is stressing Israel's importance as a trading partner with Kansas.

'Kansans for Israel' met with Senators and Representatives from both sides of the aisle Tuesday afternoon to discuss potential boycotts of the country.

A law passed when Sam Brownback was governor prohibits state contracts with companies that are boycotting Israel, but the organization says some groups are tying to undermine that law. They fear it's because of anti-Semitism.

"They are our major ally and the only democracy in the Middle East," said Chad Connelly of Kansans for Israel. "In a land that's had turmoil forever it seems like, Israel's a constant, reliable ally in a tough part of the world."

Last month, State Treasurer Jake LaTurner introduced a bill that would allow the state to invest in Israeli bonds.