It has been reported that Americans have been pressed to sign pledges against supporting the Boycotts against Israel (in support of occupied Palestine). A teacher in Texas lost her job for failing to sign the pledge.
The ACLU is fighting against these actions infringing American’s civil liberties, but with little success. Apparently, It is said that a strong pro-Israel lobby is behind the pledges. The past precedent case, of the right to participate in political boycotts was clearly established by the Supreme Court in NAACP v. Claiborne Hardware, a 1982 decision holding that the First Amendment protected an NAACP-organized boycott of white-owned businesses in Mississippi to protest ongoing racial segregation and inequality.
It argued that a “non-violent, politically motivated boycott” was political speech and protected.
Governor Cuomo of New York made a blanket policy that all contractors who did not support Israel would not be contracted with. Approximately 28 states are allowing this pledge.
This is quite unbelievable in our country which has a free speech amendment that people can be forced to sign such pledges or lose their jobs or not get jobs nor get contracts. What is very weird about this is that Americans who have no clear boycott ideas are presented with paperwork (pledgeing against BDS).
Rand Paul has joined the democrats to block the anti-BDS movement.
defintion of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (also known as BDS) is a global campaign promoting various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets what the campaign describes as Israel’s “obligations under international law “, defined as withdrawal from the occupied territories, removal of the separation barrier in the West Bank, full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel, and “respecting, protecting, and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties “.