In 2016, one anti-BDS bill was signed into law in Indiana. HB 1378 will require Indiana to create a blacklist of organizations, businesses, and other entities that engage in BDS activities, and will require Indiana's public pension funds to divest from blacklisted companies.
- Take Action, via U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
- Bill status: HB 1378 was signed into law by Governor Pence on March 23.
- Read the bill
In 2015, the Indiana state legislature passed a non-binding resolution condemning the BDS movement. That resolution has no effect on BDS or your right to advocate for BDS.
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.