Israel anti-boycott bill could have ‘chilling effect,’ free speech advocates say


United Press International interviews Policy Director Josh Ruebner about the unconstitutionality of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act.

Josh Ruebner, policy director at the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, called the bill “unconstitutional on its face.”

“While the possibility of someone getting thrown in jail, I think, is remote, … that has the significant potential to depress corporations adhering to consumer demands not to do business with Israel or Israeli settlements,” Ruebner said. “And it also has a broad chilling impact upon the broader civil society movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions with this threat hanging over everyone’s head.”

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