Anti-BDS Laws Could Upend the Right to Engage in Boycott

Alan Leveritt, center, and staff members of the Arkansas Times meet at their office. The publication sued the state of Arkansas over its anti-BDS legislation. The case could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Does the money Israel gets in Foreign Aid go to fund Anti-BDS Laws? ”

Anti-BDS legislation is not only unconstitutional, critics argue, but it also sets a dangerous precedent. Texas legislators have used the state’s anti-BDS law as a template to pass bills that keep businesses that boycott fossil fuels and firearms from securing state contracts. At least four other states have introduced similar legislation, the film notes. One scene in “Boycott” imagines the possibilities, showing the text of a bill changing from punishing support for BDS to other positions like “supporting Black Lives Matter” or “supporting Greenpeace.” “You may not care about Israel-Palestine,” Lara Friedman, president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, says in the film. “But you should care if it’s being used as a hook to legislate in your state and at the federal level against free speech.”

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