The American Civil Liberties Union called on USA senators to oppose a measure targeting boycotts of Israel and its settlements.
Proponents of the law argue that it helps fight discrimination and antisemitism toward Jews. Also known as the “Israel Anti-Boycott Act”, the bill now has the support of 45 Senators, a number which is continuing to grow despite its overt hostility to freedom of speech.
The staunchly right-wing Zionist organization is widely perceived to be one of the most powerful lobby groups in the USA, with politicians seeing their careers rise and fall based on the organization’s approval. Ben Cardin, D-Md., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio.
While the ACLU letter falsely charged that the bill “would impose civil and criminal punishment on individuals exclusively because of their political beliefs about Israel and its policies”, in truth, the “bill does not prevent US companies and individuals from expressing their points of view, speaking in favor of boycott, divestment, or sanctions (BDS) activities, engaging in boycott activity of their own accord, or being critical of Israel”, Cardin and Portman wrote.
The ACLU, in a letter to senators urging them not to back the measure, said that “the bill would punish businesses and individuals based exclusively on their point of view”.
“We take no position for or against the effort to boycott Israel or any foreign country, for that matter”, wrote Faiz Shakir, ACLU’s national political director.
Shakir added that “the bill would punish businesses and individuals based exclusively on their point of view”.