‘Major victory’ as US federal judge slams anti-BDS laws unconstitutional

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      (Middle East Monitor) Attempts to proscribe the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS) have suffered a major blow after a federal district court ruled that the State of Georgia’s 2016 law punishing boycotts of Israel is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment.

      Judge Mark Cohen ruled over a lawsuit brought by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) on behalf of journalist and filmmaker Abby Martin against Georgia Southern University. In July 2019, the pro-Palestine campaigner was scheduled to give a keynote address at the 2020 International Critical Media Literary Conference.

      However Martin’s appearance and an honorarium of $1,000 was made conditional on her not supporting the BDS movement during the period around her keynote speech. State laws like the one in Georgia demand contractors like Martin pledge their loyalty to the Israeli government if they would like payment of $1,000 or more from state institutions.

      In his decision, the judge concluded that the university had violated Martin’s constitutional rights when it cancelled her speaking engagement on a college campus because she refused to sign a state-mandated oath pledging not to engage in boycotts of Israel.

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      salemcourt
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      who was dismissed because she would not sign a similar pledge.  Hopefully, she will get reinstated as well.

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      roody
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      Babel 17
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      They don’t represent an honest error in judgement. I don’t know what can be done about that, but pawing through the financials of everyone behind them would be a start.

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      jhart3333
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      Abby and her partner Michael Prysner do the real work needed to wrest our democracy back from the sociopaths in government and the oligarchs on Wall Street. I proudly support them every month on Patreon.

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