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  • ‘A legal shield for the Palestine movement in the U.S.’

    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit last week on behalf of a Kansas public school teacher who, as a condition for taking her job, was required under a new state law to declare that she would not engage in boycotts of Israel. The law is just one in a growing list of measures in recent years aiming to counter the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement in the United States. Political boycotts in the U.S. are meant to be stringently protected under the First Amendment. “The state should not be telling people what causes they can…

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  • ACLU launches first major challenge of anti-BDS legislation

    The lawsuit offers the most stark example yet of how anti-BDS legislation threatens Americans' First Amendment rights. The American Civil Liberties Union announced Wednesday that it had filed suit on behalf of a Kansas public school educator who was asked to disavow a boycott of Israel as a condition for payment. The case comes amid growing concerns that recent state-level legislation across the United States is chilling free speech among proponents of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. [tmwinpost] The Kansas law, which came into effect on July 1 of this year, directs the state to "require written certification from all individuals and companies with which…

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  • 'Anti-Semitizing' pro-Palestinian activism comes at a price

    It is tempting to label pro-Palestinian activists as anti-Semitic, because it delegitimizes even their most legitimate claims. But this increasingly common reflex has adverse effects that greatly outweigh its short-term benefit. By Tom Pessah Things you can see from here, can’t be seen from there, says a famous Israeli song. This is what I feel about pro-Palestinian activism: having been closely involved in pro-Palestine activism as an Israeli student in an American university, I now understand why it is often portrayed in the media as anti-Jewish. In 2012, the San Francisco-based Arab Cultural and Community Center approached the government of…

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