Israel advocates mobilize to defend Arizona’s anti-BDS law following setback in Kansas-JNS

During the last few years, more than 20 U.S. states have targeted the BDS movement with legislation aimed at preventing state entities from doing business with companies that seek to boycott Israel. But this success in pro-Israel advocacy has been met with some pushback, as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and some pro-Palestinian legal groups have argued that anti-BDS legislation violates the Constitution.

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EXCLUSIVE: PAYPAL CLOSES ACCOUNT OF FRENCH BDS ORGANIZATION- JERUSALEM POST

The US online payment company PayPal closed the account of one of France’s most powerful boycott Israel organizations – the France-Palestine Solidarity Association – The Jerusalem Post learned on Friday.

As part of an investigative series into funding streams for Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions organizations targeting Israel, the Post had asked PayPal on Tuesday: Is the association’s account with PayPal in violation of France’s anti-discrimination law? Is the account in violation of PayPal’s anti-hate policy? France has one of the most robust anti-BDS laws in Europe, the Lellouche Law, which bans discrimination based on national origin.

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NEW JERSEY FAILS TO ENFORCE ANTI-BDS LAW WITH DANISH BANK- JERUSALEM POST

The State of New Jersey has come under fire for allegedly not punishing a giant Danish bank that engages in anti-Israel economic activity. Danske Bank, the largest bank in the Scandinavian country, is blacklisted by New York State for violating its anti-BDS law shielding Israel from economic warfare. An intense row over whether Danske – a financial institution that seeks to aid its clients in Iran – is in violation of New Jersey’s 2016 anti-BDS law unfolded in August.

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COLORADO SANCTIONS DANISH BANK FOR BDS ACTIVITY AGAINST ISRAELI COMPANIES- JERUSALEM POST

Colorado has added Danish banking giant Danske to a blacklist for its anti-Israel business activities. Danske Bank has faced criticism and economic penalties for barring two Israeli defense companies – Aryt Industries and Elbit Systems – from its customers’ investments.

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Md. General Assembly Hears Impassioned Debate on Anti-BDS Legislation- Jewish Times

Amid the rising number of hate incidents she has witnessed on Baltimore-area college campuses — from swastikas on buildings, false eviction notices on dorm doors of Jewish students to the vandalism of a Hillel — Taylor Ann Gonzalez felt the need to speak up.

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The BDS Hubbub- Jewish Times

Freedom of speech. It’s a right so engrained in our psyche as Americans that we react viscerally to most attempts to curtail it.

But all speech is not free. As Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. observed in 1919: You can’t falsely yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater.

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Zachor Legal Institute: A Giant Step Forward+ Jewish Press

One legal step forward, two political steps back. Such is the sorry lot of current diplomacy in Israel. While frustrating, the challenge lies in expanding the scope and potential of that forward step.

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