ACLU Says Right to Boycott Is at Stake in Lawsuit Over Arkansas Anti-BDS Law

Image Credit: “Boycott” / Just Vision Media The ACLU is asking the Supreme Court to overturn an Arkansas anti-BDS law that penalizes state contractors unless they pledge not to boycott the state of Israel. Arkansas is one of more than 30 U.S. states to have passed “copycat” legislation to criminalize the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which seeks to boycott Israel and Israeli goods to protest its violation of Palestinian rights. The ACLU and other rights groups have argued the right to boycott is foundational to U.S. politics and protected free speech, and warn if the anti-BDS laws aren’t challenged,…

Germany puts artists, academics in its anti-Palestinian crosshairs

Germany puts artists, academics in its anti-Palestinian crosshairs In the span of just a few months, four high-profile Palestinians have been censored and attacked in Germany for their views after being accused by pro-Israel groups of antisemitism. The post Germany puts artists, academics in its anti-Palestinian crosshairs appeared first on +972 Magazine. Source / Read More: Germany puts artists, academics in its anti-Palestinian crosshairs

A colonized Palestine isn’t the answer to the world’s guilt

A colonized Palestine isn’t the answer to the world’s guilt Zionism’s synergy with right-wing populists has exploited antisemitism to justify apartheid. And Palestinians refuse to be its silent victims. The post A colonized Palestine isn’t the answer to the world’s guilt appeared first on +972 Magazine. Source / Read More: A colonized Palestine isn’t the answer to the world’s guilt

The movement behind Harvard Crimson’s BDS endorsement

The movement behind Harvard Crimson’s BDS endorsement The student newspaper’s landmark position follows years of tireless organizing by Palestinians and allies in the face of institutional pushback. The post The movement behind Harvard Crimson’s BDS endorsement appeared first on +972 Magazine. Source / Read More: The movement behind Harvard Crimson’s BDS endorsement

Blinken congratulated me on graduating. I confronted him about Shireen Abu Akleh

Blinken congratulated me on graduating. I confronted him about Shireen Abu Akleh When we heard the U.S. state secretary would be at our ceremony, we decided to protest for a murdered Palestinian journalist. Here’s what happened. The post Blinken congratulated me on graduating. I confronted him about Shireen Abu Akleh appeared first on +972 Magazine. Source / Read More: https://www.972mag.com/blinken-graduation-shireen-abu-akleh/

States Are Considering Laws That Penalize Banks for Fossil Fuel Divestment

This article is published as part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of news outlets strengthening coverage of the climate story. The influential rightwing lobby group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is driving a surge in new state laws to block boycotts of the oil industry. The group’s strategy, which aims to protect large oil firms and other conservative-friendly industries, is modelled on legislation to punish divestment from Israel. Since the beginning of the year, state legislatures in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Indiana have introduced a version of a law drafted by ALEC, called the Energy Discrimination Elimination…

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