In 2016, one anti-BDS bill was signed into law in Alabama. SB 81 prohibits a public entity in Alabama from contracting with businesses and non-profit organizations that are engaged in a discriminatory boycott (a boycott based on the race, color, religion, gender, or national origin of the targeted person or entity) or a boycott of a jurisdiction with which Alabama enjoys open trade.
- Status: SB 81 passed both the House and Senate and was signed into law by Governor Bentley.
- Read the bill: SB 81
In 2016, the Alabama Senate also passed SJR 6, a non-binding resolution condemning the BDS movement. This resolution has no impact on BDS or your right to boycott Israel.
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 constitutional 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.