$16.00 donated in past month
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Sun Feb 21 2016 (Updated 05/03/16)Anti-BDS Bills Introduced in California Legislature
Sun Feb 21 2016 (Updated 05/03/16)Nationwide, New Laws Seek to Suppress Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Campaigns
Fearful of a shift in domestic public opinion, Israel’s defenders in the United States—a network of advocacy organizations, public relations firms, and think tanks—have intensified their efforts to stifle criticism of Israeli government policies. Rather than engage such criticism on its merits, these groups leverage their significant resources and lobbying power to pressure universities, government actors, and other institutions to censor or punish advocacy in support of Palestinian rights. In addition, high-level Israeli government figures, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and wealthy benefactors such as Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban have reportedly participated in strategic meetings to oppose Palestine activism, particularly Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns.
At least twenty-two bills aimed at suppressing the BDS movement were introduced last year in states across the country. These bills are part of a broader effort to shut down the movement for Palestinian rights, and BDS efforts in particular. In New York state, two proposed bills would blacklist individuals, businesses, and organizations that boycott (or encourage others to boycott) Israel. The version that passed the NY State Senate also affects those who boycott several other "allied" nations. New York State would be prohibited from contracting with or investing in individuals and entities on the blacklist should the bill pass the Assembly and be signed into law by Governor Cuomo. Other similar bills have become law or are being considered in at least Illinois, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Indiana, as well as within the U.S. Congress.
In California, two anti-BDS bills were introduced by Assembly member Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, on January 4. AB 1551, the “California Israel Commerce Protection Act”, would prohibit the state from investing in businesses and institutions that comply with boycotts called for by a foreign country or international organization against Israel or Israeli-controlled territories. AB 1552, introduced by Assemblyman Allen in tandem with AB 1551, would prohibit the state from contracting with entities that engage in what he calls “boycotts due to discrimination and bigotry.”
Read More: California Legislators Urged to Oppose Anti-Boycott Bills | New York State wants to blacklist BDS supporters | Anti-BDS provision signed by Obama won’t stop this movement | The Palestine Exception to Free Speech: A Movement Under Attack in the US
Army Kills A Third Palestinian on Friday Saturday Jul 22nd 8:34 PM
Abbas Suspends Contacts with Israel over Al-Aqsa Mosque Saturday Jul 22nd 8:32 PM
Come and See: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in a Time of Struggle Tuesday Jul 18th 3:56 PM
Current campaigns for achieving justice here and in Israel/Palestine Saturday Jul 8th 9:40 PM
This Week in Palestine, June 30, 2017 Monday Jul 3rd 9:35 AM
Film Screening, 3000 Nights Wednesday Jun 28th 8:56 PM
Lawsuit Against SFSU is Culmination of Years-Long Suppression Campaign Targeting Palestine Advocacy Tuesday Jun 27th 11:24 PM
This Week in Palestine, June 23, 2017 Monday Jun 26th 5:14 PM
This Week in Palestine, June 16, 2017 Saturday Jun 17th 5:04 PM
This Week in Palestine, June 9, 2017 Friday Jun 9th 11:55 PM
This Week in Palestine, June 2, 2017 Thursday Jun 8th 7:33 PM
Palestinian Hunger Strike Officially Suspended After Reaching An Agreement (1 comment) Tuesday May 30th 7:28 PM
This Week in Palestine, May 26, 2017 Tuesday May 30th 10:15 AM
Victory in 40 Days Due to International and Community Support Saturday May 27th 6:45 PMMore News...