The AIPAC-sponsored Israel Anti-Boycott Act – the bill that would criminalize the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights – is losing support. This is a crucial moment, and your voice as a Missourian right now can make all the difference.
Constituents hold the power. In New York, they mobilized successfully to get Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) to revoke her support for the Israel Anti-Boycott Act. In Washington, constituents pushed Rep. Adam Smith to promise to drop off this draconian bill as well. Now it’s your turn; USCPR member groups Mid-Missourians for Justice in Palestine, Fellowship of Reconciliation Missouri, and St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee are asking you to make Senator McCaskill the next to drop sponsorship of a bill that would threaten to jail BDS supporters.
Email your senator to defend your right to boycott, divest, and sanction Israel until Palestinian rights are achieved.
Senator McCaskill has been hearing about the #RightToBoycott from big hitters in the progressive movement like the ACLU, Amnesty International, and CREDO. Even more importantly, people in Missouri are speaking up. Jalal El-Jayyousi of Mid-Missourians for Justice in Palestine published a powerful piece in The Columbia Missourian, in which he wrote:
“It is puzzling and disheartening when the member of Congress you elected to represent you and protect your rights tries instead to penalize you for exercising your First Amendment rights. Even more disturbing is the message that Senator McCaskill is sending to the Palestinians living under military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza or as second-class citizens of Israel. If a nonviolent call for equality is to be criminalized and punished, what other options do the Palestinians have to demand justice?
Senator McCaskill, you are better than that.”
Your voice, too, as a fellow BDS activist and a constituent of a key senator, is crucial to advance support for BDS and Palestinian rights. Congress needs to hear why we support the Palestinian boycott call for freedom, justice, and equality.
Then, take 60 seconds to call Senator McCaskill at (202) 224-6154 and tell her to take her name off the Israel Anti-Boycott Act.
Thank you for raising your voice! Together, we can win.
Government Affairs Associate
P.S. We just sent a new resource to Capitol Hill that lays out five ways that your constitutional right to BDS is threatened by this bill. Read it here.