UPDATE (August 8):
Our efforts are making an impact! Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D, NY) has
withdrawn her co-sponsorship. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D, MA) has come out in opposition to the bill, noting that
"outlawing protected free speech activity violates our basic Constitution." (The former Harvard Law professor would
know.) This is no time to rest: let's keep up the pressure! Send your Representative and Senators a letter urging them to oppose these
The House of Representatives and the Senate are considering the “Anti-Israel Boycott Act,”
measures that would criminalize boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) targeting Israel and its occupation of
the West Bank.
Americans for Peace Now (APN) opposes BDS targeting Israel.
This legislation, however, intentionally blurs the distinction between Israel and the occupation. It clearly states
that under this bill, measures targeting West Bank settlements and the occupation would be regarded as targeting
Israel. APN opposes the occupation and supports boycotting West Bank settlements, the most visible physical
manifestation of the occupation.
While opposing BDS, APN believes that boycotts are a legitimate non-violent expression of protest, which should not
These measures do just that: they criminalize free speech, as
pointed out by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
For the Senate version of the bill see
here. For the House version see
S.720 and H.1697, if passed, will set a terrible precedent. They must be opposed.
Click here to send
your Representative and Senators a letter urging them to oppose these bills.