PHOENIX — A federal court today blocked an Arizona law that requires state contractors to certify that they will not boycott Israel, finding that the law likely violates state contractors’ free speech rights under the First Amendment. “A restriction of one’s ability to participate in collective calls to oppose Israel unquestionably burdens the protected expression … Continue reading Federal court blocks law aimed to criminalize boycotting Israel in this State..
In the second segment (min 29:37) of KUCI's Ask A Leader with Claudia Shambough on Tuesday, June 19, I reported back on meetings with members of Congress over my recent trip to Washington D.C. as part of the the Arab American Leadership Days organized by the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) and Arab … Continue reading KUCI talk on Muslim Ban, Anti-Boycott laws..
Defenders of free speech and Palestinian human rights won a victory in the Massachusetts legislature on Thursday, February 8, when a key committee refused to advance a bill that would have prevented the state government from signing contracts with those who support an economic boycott of Israel. The legislature’s Joint State Administration and Regulatory Oversight … Continue reading In Massachusetts, a Victory for the Right to Boycott
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the nation’s largest Arab-American civil rights organization, strongly condemns the New Orleans City Council for rescinding Resolution 18-5, which upheld New Orleans’ commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Despite what detractors had claimed, the resolution neither mandates any political program nor is it concerned with foreign affairs. It … Continue reading ADC Strongly Condemns New Orleans City Council for Rescinding Human Rights Resolution
Women for Palestine L.A.'s open letter and the Palestinian American Women's Association boycott inspired several powerful on-stage statements yesterday at #WMLA, and prominent media coverage. Melina Abdullah, Chair of Pan-African Studies at Cal-State LA and Black Lives Matter-LA organizer, gave a rousing speech on the main stage. Then, in a surprise move, she handed the … Continue reading 14-yr old’s surprise Palestine speech at Women’s March LA
In a statement issued on its Facebook page, the Palestinian American Women's Association announced that it is boycotting this Saturday's Women's March in Los Angeles. The announcement came after actress Scarlett Johansson was confirmed to speak at the march. Johansson was a spokesmodel for SodaStream, an Israeli company that manufactures home fizzy drink machines in … Continue reading Palestinian American Women’s Association pulls out of Women’s March LA
Today the Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA), a Christian voice for Palestine, issued this statement congratulating New Orleans BDS activists for their victory: Today, after a year of campaigning and community pressure, the New Orleans City Council unanimously passed a resolution to implement a socially responsible investment screen on the municipal level. The campaign was led … Continue reading BDS WIN! Congrats New Orleans Palestine Solidarity Committee!