New York Anti-BDS Bill Would Limit Freedom of Speech for Any Critics of US Allies - Defending Rights & Dissent
In an attempt to silence the growing social movement that seeks to use Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) to protest Israeli violations of Palestine human rights, the New York State Senate has passed a sweeping bill that would insulate “US allies” from boycotts. To avoid being criticized for singling out one viewpoint for censure, the bill prohibits the state from doing business with any people or companies that are boycotting any of approximately 52 “US allies”. As a result, a number of social movements could be ensnared in the New York State Legislature’s political repression.