Anti-BDS Bills

December 11, 2019

Defending Rights & Dissent Opposes Trump Executive Order Equating Support for Palestinian Rights with Anti-Semitic Discrimination

Anti-semitism is a real threat and should be opposed. Civil rights laws are an important and necessary tool in upholding the rights of all people. However, it is a distortion of civil rights to use federal civil rights law to silence political speech and advocacy for Palestinian human rights.
July 17, 2019

New Jersey bill would stifle criticism of Israel on campuses

A recent bill introduced in New Jersey aims to treat criticism of Israel as anti-semtitism in public schools and colleges. The bill would codify a controversial definition of anti-Semitism that includes some criticims of Israel. While preventing discrimiantion, including anti-semetic
June 3, 2019

Florida Law Threatens Students Activists By Treating Criticism of Israel As Civil Rights Violation

Last week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed HB741, a bill intended to codify protections against anti-Semitic discrimination in public schools. However, activists and civil rights groups have warned that the definition used for anti-Semitism conflates criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism.
May 30, 2019

Texas The Latest Victory for Right to Boycott, As Another Federal Court Blocks an anti-BDS Law

Texas is like 27 other states in that it prohibits supporters of boycotts, divestment, and sanctions for Palestinian rights from receiving state contracts. It has also joined another growing group of states–those that have had their anti-BDS laws blocked by
January 29, 2019

After Four Votes, Senate Advances Unconstitutional Anti-Boycott Bill

The Senate considered for the fourth time S1, which contains the Combating BDS Act. This unconstitutional bill passed 74 to 19.
January 18, 2019

What Activists Need to Know About Anti-Boycott Bills

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January 18, 2019

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January 8, 2019

The Senate’s #1 Priority: CURTAILING Your Free Speech Rights

The Senate is off to a bad start. The very first bill introduced, S.1, is an omnibus that includes the “Combating BDS Act of 2019.” It’s a bill designed to chill criticism of Israel.  That’s right. As the new Senate convenes
December 18, 2018

Two New Lawsuits Challenge Unconstitutional Anti-Boycott Laws

Arkansas and Texas aren’t unique in having laws on the books aimed at penalizing supporters of Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) for Palestinian rights. They are among 26 states to have enacted such laws. Arkansas and Texas have also joined another growing subset of states--those who face First Amendment challenges to their anti-BDS laws.
December 12, 2018
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Another Assault on The Right to Boycott by the Lame Duck Congress

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), is following in Cardin's footsteps and has announced he will try to get the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act language into the budget. Anti-semitism is deplorable. And people should be aware of it. But this bill isn't about combating anti-semitism, it's about perverting federal civil rights law to silence supporters of Palestinian civil rights.
December 6, 2018

Lame Duck Congress to Attack Right to Boycott

For two years now, we've fought to stop the unconstitutional Israel Anti-Boycott Act. And thanks to an outpouring of opposition from individuals like you, this First Amendment violating bill has been stalled. But now the bill's sponsor, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), is working behind the scenes to sneak the Israel Anti-Boycott Act into the must-pass end of the year spending bill.
December 4, 2018

Free Speech Rights Under Fire on Campus: From Marc Lamont Hill to the Department of Education

Academic freedom for supporters of Palestinian human rights is under fire.As a civil liberties organization, Defending Rights & Dissent takes no position on Palestine-Israel. However, we recognize there is a concerted, unconstitutional effort to silence supporters of Palestinian human rights. As an organization founded by victims of McCarthyism, we are obligated to speak out against such affronts to political expression and organizing
September 28, 2018

Victory for the Right to Boycott, As Federal Court Blocks Arizona Anti-BDS Law

On September 28, 2018, a federal court issued a preliminary injunction against an Arizona anti-boycott law. Like many states, Arizona passed a law targeting supporters of Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) for Palestinian human rights. The law denies state contracts to parties who boycott Israel.
August 17, 2018

Defend the Right to Protest

We will never give up our right to protest. That’s why DRAD is fighting back against bills that attack the right to protest and promoting proactive legislation that protects the right to protest. It’s also why we are engaging in
March 15, 2018

Memo- Opposing Missouri Anti BDS Bill 2018

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