AR: Advocates Decry “Very Frightening” Court Ruling Upholding Anti-BDS Law

Source: Common Dreams

“A federal court ruling allowing Arkansas to penalize government contractors that support boycotts of the Israeli government was decried as ‘dangerous’ and a threat to First Amendment rights on Wednesday, as civil liberties defenders vowed to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an Arkansas law does not violate Americans’ constitutional rights by requiring state contractors with contracts of $1,000 or more to reduce their fees by 20% if they refuse to sign a pledge saying they won’t support the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction movement (BDS). The law was previously found to be unconstitutional by a panel of three judges who sit on the court, but Judge Jonathan Kobes wrote in the majority opinion that ‘economic decisions that discriminate against Israel … are not inherently expressive and do not implicate the First Amendment.'” (06/23/22)