This bill seeks to impose fines and criminal penalties, and deny government loans to corporations refusing to do business with corporations in illegal Israeli settlements. It infringes on our First Amendment right to promote boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) and seeks to legitimize Israel’s settlements.
On March 3, 2018, Sen. Cardin released an amended version of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act. The new version remains unconstitutional.
After you take action, check out the infographics on how the Israel Anti-Boycott Act could affect you.
Read our talking points opposing the Israel Anti-Boycott Act and our two-pager Five Ways the Israel Anti-Boycott Act Could Criminalize Americans’ First Amendment-Protected Right to Boycott.
Read our analysis of the bill in Electronic Intifada.
Read the ACLU’s letter opposing these bills.
Read this article from The Intercept, citing our work to oppose the bill.
Read our previous action alerts on this bill: “What do the NRA and AIPAC have in common?” (March 5, 2018), “AIPAC is flailing” (October 17, 2017), “Punish Israel Boycotters? You, ACLU, and US Campaign Say No!” (June 20, 2017), “Are Your Members of Congress Trying to Criminalize BDS?” (May 18, 2017), and “AIPAC Is Lobbying for this Today…” (March 28, 2017).