A pro-Israel activist calls it ridiculous that opponents of a Texas anti-BDS law claims the law violates the free speech rights of people seeking to punish Israeli businesses.
A federal judge in April struck down the state’s anti-BDS statute, which prohibits state entities from contracting with companies that boycott goods and services from Israel.
The boycott, divestment sanctions movement has been used by supporters of the Palestinian cause to punish Israel but the movement is routinely accused of anti-Semitism.
The ACLU and the Council on American Islamic Relations had challenged the Texas law, and now Texas has appealed the lower court ruling to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Laurie Cardoza-Moore, president of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, says BDS supporters often compare Israel to South Africa and its apartheid state.
“And that couldn't be further from the truth,” she says. “There is no evidence to substantiate this position.”
The Lone Star State's pro-Israel, anti-BDS legislation was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in 2017.
Two organizations, the Institute for Free Speech, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, have filed an amicus brief claiming the Texas law violates the free speech of those who participate in the BDS movement.