As we speak, right-leaning advocacy groups are urging Congress to pass a hugely problematic version of the so-called “Israel Anti-Boycott Act.”
The legislation draws no distinction between Israel and the West Bank, effectively extending US legal protections to illegal settlements. The ACLU has also flagged major free speech issues, noting cases where the bill would penalize individuals and companies for exercising their First Amendment right to participate in boycotts.
While J Street has always been clear about our opposition to the Global BDS Movement, this legislation is absolutely the wrong way to oppose BDS. In fact, it’s just wrong, period.