Anti-Boycott Legislation Around The Country
In response to the growing movement for Palestinian freedom, over 100 measures targeting boycotts and other advocacy for Palestinian rights have been introduced in state and local legislatures and the U.S. Congress since 2014. As of April 10, 2019, 27 states have adopted anti-boycott laws, including 5 executive orders issued by governors.
Palestine Legal and other civil rights groups are fighting back! Flagging potential constitutional violations, federal courts have already stopped two states from enforcing these laws. Lawmakers in Kansas and Arizona have opted to change the laws to avoid the litigation. We expect more legal challenges, and we encourage you to continue exercising your First Amendment-protected right to boycott and contact us if anti-boycott laws are affecting you. Litigation in the courts will take years to conclude, and in the meantime, work towards Palestinian freedom will continue!
For information on federal legislation targeting the right to boycott and criticism of Israel more generally, click here.
This map of state legislation is current as of April 10, 2019. Click here if the map below fails to load.
Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) "Right to BDS" Statement
FOSNA sign-on letter: Christian Leaders Denounce the Recent Wave of Anti-BDS Legislation
United Methodist Kairos Response (UMKR) Policy Paper: UMKR Opposed anti-BDS Legislation
Ecumenical statement on anti-BDS legislation: Employing Economic Measures as Nonviolent Tools for Justice in the Israeli-Palestinian Context, August, 2016
Legal and constitutional analysis on anti-BDS legislation in the Harvard Law Review
LA Times Editorial: Boycotts of Israel are a protected form of free speech, July 5, 2016