This bill seeks to impose criminal penalties, including up to 20 years in prison and $1 million in fines, against individuals who support an international organization’s call to boycott Israel or even just products from its illegal settlements. It infringes on our First Amendment right to promote boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) for Palestinian freedom, justice, and equality.
Update: On June 28, 2018, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed an amended version of the bill and it could be voted on in the House in September. On March 3, 2018, Sen. Cardin released an amended version in the Senate. All three versions of the bill are unconstitutional violations of our freedom of speech. At the close of the 115th Congress, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act had not been passed.
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Read our talking points opposing the latest Royce version, the amended Cardin version, and the original version of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act. Also, check out our two-pager Five Ways the Israel Anti-Boycott Act Could Criminalize Americans’ First Amendment-Protected Right to Boycott.
Read the American Civil Liberties Union’s statements opposing all versions of this bill.
Read Amnesty International USA’s letter opposing the bill.
Read a letter, organized by Palestine Legal and signed by more than 100 human and civil rights groups, opposing this bill.