Arkansas’ anti-BDS law violates the First Amendment, says court

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Activists call for boycotting Israel. (Photo via BDSMovement.net) 
The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals found a law that prohibits Arkansas from doing business with companies that boycott Israel unconstitutional in a 2-1 decision.

By Michael Arria |  Mondoweiss |  Feb 15, 2021

“We’re thrilled by the court’s ruling, which upholds the fundamental right to participate in political boycotts,”
—  Brian Hauss, ACLU attorney

The Arkansas Times has successfully challenged a law that prohibits the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel.

The Little Rock-based weekly filed the lawsuit in 2018 and was represented by the ACLU. The paper takes no official position on BDS, but it launched the legal challenge after the University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College refused to sign an advertising contract with The Arkansas Times, unless it signed the pledge. A U.S. district court judge dismissed the case in 2019, but last week the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals found the law unconstitutional in a 2-1 decision.

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