Jason S. Miyares
Attorney General of Virginia

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Jason S. Miyares
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Attorney General Miyares Joined Multistate Probe into Allegations that Morgan Stanley Capital International is Embracing Anti-Israel BDS Movement

RICHMOND, VA – Attorney General Jason Miyares today joined an 18 state coalition of attorneys general probing whether Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI, Inc.), a large investment company, is embracing the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

“Investment companies making political stands with consumers’ money in the name of ‘environmental, social, and governance’ standards is wrong, reckless, and dangerous. Further leaning into those radical policies by embracing the BDS movement and punishing Israeli companies for defending themselves against terrorist attacks is inexcusable,” said Attorney General Miyares. “Americans should not tolerate any form of antisemitism.” 

In August of 2022, 17 state attorneys general sent a letter to Morningstar, a large investing ratings company, expressing “serious concerns related to reports that Morningstar—through its wholly owned subsidiary, Sustainalytics—may be furthering the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.” 

The Morningstar letter resulted in an internal investigation and eventual commitment to make changes to its business practices. 

The Jewish News Syndicate reported that “Like Morningstar, which allegedly assigned damaging ratings to a dozen companies that it said committed ‘human rights violations’ simply for conducting business in Judea and Samaria and eastern Jerusalem, MSCI’s environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) ratings appear to downgrade companies for the same reason.”

The attorneys general go on to state “As evidenced by our efforts against Morningstar, we oppose the BDS movement in all forms, especially given the recent rise in antisemitism across the United States. Having said that, one of the allegations against MSCI is uniquely egregious. According to JNS, MSCI deducted ESG points from an Israeli company specifically because of the company’s ‘participation in the construction of security and surveillance barriers designed to protect Israelis from terrorists.’ It is unthinkable to us that MSCI would stand by this position following the terrorist attacks on Israel last October.”

Attorney General Miyares was joined by Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia in signing the letter. 

Read the letter HERE.