Talib Kweli disinvited from German festival over support for Palestinian rights, BDS

Talib Kweli disinvited from German festival over support for Palestinian rights, BDS

Prominent hip hop artist Talib Kweli was recently disinvited from a German music festival over his refusal to denounce the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. Festival organizers disinvited Kweli after he refused to respond to their request that he make a statement about his position on BDS. The festival’s demand was prompted by a non-binding resolution passed by the German parliament last month defining the BDS movement as antisemitic and calling for the denial of public funding and forums for projects that support BDS or “question Israel’s right to exist.”

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Meera Shah in The Intercept

Meera Shah in The Intercept

Senior staff attorney Meera Shah appeared in a profile on anti-boycott efforts in Texas for The Intercept. The article details the collusion between rightwing Texas businessmen, Christian fundamentalists, and Israel.

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Radhika Sainath in Boston Review

Radhika Sainath in Boston Review

On Thursday, senior staff attorney Radhika Sainath published an essay in Boston Review on the right to boycott. Her essay touches on the legal battles for and against anti-boycott legislation in more than two dozen states, as well as how these laws have impacted activists and everyday people.

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Dima Khalidi in USA Today

Dima Khalidi in USA Today

Following a two-year investigation, the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) published a lengthy exposé in USA Today about the proliferation of legislation to curtail the boycott movement for Palestinian rights. Palestine Legal director Dima Khalidi spoke extensively with CPI on background and was quoted in the article

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Top 10 Quotes from Texas Court Decision Blocking Anti-BDS Law

Top 10 Quotes from Texas Court Decision Blocking Anti-BDS Law

In a huge boost for the movement for Palestinian rights, a federal judge blocked Texas’ anti-boycott law yesterday, finding it unconstitutional. Judge Pitman’s decision, like those of federal judges in Kansas and Arizona, rightly recognizes the constitutional protections afforded to political boycotts, including those advocating for Palestinian rights, and the unconstitutionality of the anti-boycott law in Texas. Here are 10 gems from his decision:

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Arizona’s amended anti-boycott law still constitutionally flawed

Arizona’s amended anti-boycott law still constitutionally flawed

Months after a federal court blocked Arizona from enforcing its anti-boycott law saying it was unconstitutional, the state has attempted to revive the law by amending it so that it no longer applies to the man who challenged it. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed SB 1167 amending the state’s 2016 anti-boycott law prohibiting state contractors from supporting boycotts of Israel. This was despite significant opposition to the amendment in the Arizona House, where it passed 37-21 with vigorous debate.

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Rights Groups Urge Court to Overturn Decision on Arkansas Anti-Boycott Law

Rights Groups Urge Court to Overturn Decision on Arkansas Anti-Boycott Law

The Center for Constitutional Rights, Palestine Legal, and the Law Office of Matthew Strugar filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of a lawsuit seeking to strike down an Arkansas law that requires government contractors to pledge not to boycott Israel. The lawsuit and the amicus brief in support of it argue that the law violates the First Amendment. The filing situates the Arkansas law as part of a broader effort to suppress speech in support of Palestinian human rights.

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