Anti-BDS Legislation by State
Click on a state below for more information about anti-BDS legislation. We do our best to keep each state page updated on a rolling basis.
Since 2014, dozens of anti-BDS measures have been introduced in state legislatures across the country. As of March 2017, 16 states have enacted anti-BDS laws.
- What is the BDS movement?
- Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) "Right to BDS" Statement
- Movement for Black Lives Policy Platform: Invest-Divest
- United Methodist Kairos Response (UMKR)
- 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.