In 2016, one anti-BDS bill was signed into law in Arizona. HB 2617 creates 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 that boycott 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.