The campaign to censor the movement for Palestinian rights in the U.S. includes both anti-boycott laws and legislative efforts to brand criticism of Israel as antisemitism. Click here for more information on anti-boycott laws: 10 things to know about anti-BDS legislation
Click on a state in the map below for more information. We do our best to keep each state page updated on a rolling basis. Since 2014, at least 107 measures have been introduced in state/local legislatures across the country and five executive orders have been issued to condemn, punish and otherwise burden advocacy for Palestinian rights. As of November 2018, 26 states have enacted anti-boycott laws.
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Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) "Right to BDS" Statement
FOSNA sign-on letter: Christian Leaders Denounce the Recent Wave of Anti-BDS Legislation
United Methodist Kairos Response (UMKR) Policy Paper: UMKR Opposed anti-BDS Legislation
Ecumenical statement on anti-BDS legislation: Employing Economic Measures as Nonviolent Tools for Justice in the Israeli-Palestinian Context, August, 2016
Legal and constitutional analysis on anti-BDS legislation in the Harvard Law Review
LA Times Editorial: Boycotts of Israel are a protected form of free speech, July 5, 2016
These bills are the result of a campaign to suppress Palestine human rights activism in the U.S. Israel's interest in restricting this activism should not override our right to advocate for change.
The good news is that your right to engage in boycotts related to Israeli human rights abuses and to advocate for BDS is protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. None of the bills and resolutions described here prohibit you from engaging in BDS activities.
Whatever your views on Israel and Palestine, these bills should be of concern because they threaten the rights of everyone in the U.S. to take collective action to address injustice. Moreover, we should all be alarmed that a foreign government, Israel, is lobbying U.S. politicians to restrict our rights.