Liz Jackson in the Tampa Bay Times


On Wednesday in Jerusalem, Florida governor Ron DeSantis plans to sign a bill that will treat criticism of Israel as discrimination against Jewish people.

Senior Staff Attorney Liz Jackson writes in the Tampa Bay Times that the right to criticize Israel is a free speech issue:

"The bill (HB 741) violates the U.S. Constitution. But the new definition is also just plain wrong: Advocacy for Palestinian rights is part of a universal call for freedom, justice and equality for all people.

To classify Palestinian human rights advocacy as anti-Jewish is dangerous for all of us who care about protecting vulnerable communities — because it takes our eyes off the actual threat: a revived white supremacy that targets Jewish, Muslim, Black and Latino communities alike."

Read the full letter here.