AZ [R] SB 1167 (Israel boycott divestments)
What it does:
In February 2019, the Arizona senate passed a bill to amend the state’s anti-boycott law, HB 2617 (2016), to apply only to state contractors with 10 or more employees and more than $100,000 in contracts. A federal judge blocked enforcement of HB 2617 in September 2018, citing concerns that the law might violate the First Amendment.
The proposed changes, which are designed to remove the plaintiffs who are challenging the existing law from its reach, may reduce the number of individuals affected by the law, but will not resolve the law’s underlying constitutional issues.
Arizona Trying Again to Bar Israel Boycotts After Courts Defeated Previous Law, Jan. 30, 2019, Phoenix New Times.
Read the bill:
In 2016, HB 2617 was signed into law. The law requires Arizona to create a blacklist of companies, organizations, and entities that boycott Israel, and will prohibit Arizona from investing in blacklisted entities. HB 2617 also prohibits Arizona from contracting with entities unless they certify that they are not engaged in a boycott of Israel.
Share with your elected official: Tuscon Stop G4S coalition letter against HB 2617
Status: Signed into law by Governor Ducey on March 17, 2016
Read the bill: HB 2617
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.