Tagged: Law

In Major Free Speech Victory, Federal Court Strikes Down Law that Punishes Supporters of…
Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept

In Major Free Speech Victory, Federal Court Strikes Down Law that Punishes Supporters of…

A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that a Kansas law designed to punish people who boycott Israel is an unconstitutional denial of free speech. The ruling is a significant victory for free speech rights because the global campaign to criminalize, or otherwise legally outlaw, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement has been spreading rapidly in numerous political and academic centers in the U.S.

on January 31, 2018
Ruling: Kansas Law Targeting Israel Boycotts Chills Speech
Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press

Ruling: Kansas Law Targeting Israel Boycotts Chills Speech

A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Kansas law barring state contractors from participating in boycotts against Israel, saying the state law violates their free speech rights. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree wrote in his decision that the U.S. Supreme Court has held that the "First Amendment protects the right to participate in a boycott like the one punished by the Kansas law."

on January 30, 2018
Israeli Lawmakers Back Contentious Jewish Nation-State Bill in Heated Preliminary Vote
Jonathan Lis, Haaretz

Israeli Lawmakers Back Contentious Jewish Nation-State Bill in Heated Preliminary Vote

The new version of the nation-state bill has passed the first stage of enactment into law. On Wednesday, the bill passed its preliminary Knesset reading when 48 lawmakers voted in favor of the  the bill, including Prime Minister...

on May 10, 2017
Sanctioning Land Expropriation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights

Sanctioning Land Expropriation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

On 6 February 2017, the Israeli Knesset (legislature) passed a law permitting the expropriation of housing built on private Palestinian land in the Occupied Territories. Under the legislation, referred to herein as the ‘Expropriation Law’ (but also described as the ‘Regularisation Law’ or simply the ‘Theft Law’) Palestinians from whom land was taken would have no right to claim it back ‘until there is a diplomatic resolution of the status of the territories.’

on March 3, 2017
Submission: SJP Unfazed by Hate Posters, Will Continue to Educate Students
Robert Gardner, Daily Bruin

Submission: SJP Unfazed by Hate Posters, Will Continue to Educate Students

The David Horowitz Freedom Center plastered derogatory posters on and around campus Oct. 5 in an attempt to suppress student activism for Palestinian human rights and scare potential supporters. The posters implicated Students for Justice in Palestine...

on October 11, 2016
Pro-Palestinian Group Vindicated of Anti-Semitism Charges After CUNY Probe
Sam Kestenbaum, The Forward

Pro-Palestinian Group Vindicated of Anti-Semitism Charges After CUNY Probe

An independent investigation has vindicated a pro-Palestinian group charged with fostering an anti-Semitic climate at the nation’s largest urban public university. Two lawyers hired by the City University of New York to investigate alleged instances of anti-Semitism...

on September 13, 2016
These Proposed New State Laws Will Do More Harm Than Good
The Editorial Board, Los Angeles Times

These Proposed New State Laws Will Do More Harm Than Good

The California Legislature had a busy final few days in August, passing about 800 bills, not counting the hundreds passed earlier in the year. Some are mundane, some profound. But all will go now to Gov. Jerry Brown for his approval. He has until the end of September to sign or veto them...

on September 6, 2016
Israeli Lawmakers Extend Emergency Rule Limiting Palestinian Family Reunification
Jonathan Lis, Haaretz

Israeli Lawmakers Extend Emergency Rule Limiting Palestinian Family Reunification

The emergency regulation that restricts family reunification among Palestinians was again extended by the Knesset on Monday, with 65 MKs voting in favor and 14 against, on Monday. Despite Zionist Union’s criticism of the measure, faction members supported it. The directive, which has been extended annually since first instituted in 2003, limits the granting of citizenship or residency to Palestinians who marry Israelis.

on June 14, 2016
Just as Boycotts Are Making a Difference for LGBTQ People, Some Lawmakers Want to Shut Them Down
Katherine Franke & Michael Ratner, Slate

Just as Boycotts Are Making a Difference for LGBTQ People, Some Lawmakers Want to Shut Them Down

In recent weeks, governors, mayors, major businesses, and entertainers have joined a boycott of North Carolina and Mississippi as a way of protesting new state laws that license discrimination against LGBT people. Similar boycotts of Indiana were threatened or announced last year when that state also passed homophobic legislation.

on April 29, 2016
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