Maryland Governor Signs Order to Block Boycotts of Israel

The Associated Press quotes USCPR Executive Director Yousef Munayyer on the unconstitutionality of an anti-boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) executive order signed by Maryland governor Larry Hogan on October 23, 2017.

Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, said it was “profoundly disappointing” the governor acted by executive order, when legislation has failed to gain enough support in the General Assembly. He also noted that the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit this month against a law in Kansas that has similarities to Hogan’s executive order.

“Essentially what this means is that the law is authorizing the state to discriminate among contractors based on constitutionally protected activity, and this of course is unconstitutional,” Munayyer said.

Read the article in U.S. News and World Report