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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Zachor Legal Institute
Zachor Legal Institute, a legal think tank and advocacy organization, is taking the lead in the legal battle against “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” (BDS).