In 2018, Tennessee legislators introduced two anti-Palestinian measures: HB 2357/SB 2389, a state version of the unconstitutional federal Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, and HB 2142/SB 1727, an anti-boycott bill. Neither of these bills passed.

Read the bills: HB 2357/SB 2389 and HB 2142/SB 1727

Tennessee legislators had previously introduced another bill re-defining antisemitism in 2017. This bill did not pass.

Read the bill: SB 581/HB 885

In 2015, the Tennessee state legislature passed SJR 170, a non-binding resolution condemning the BDS movement. That resolution has no effect on BDS or your right to advocate for BDS.



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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.