(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/22/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on all Americans who value the First Amendment and the constitutionally-protected right to boycott to contact members of the Montana House of Representatives Committee on State Administration and urge them to vote against and table an unconstitutional anti-BDS bill.
Introduced by Representative Wendy McKamey (R-19), the bill would create a blacklist of businesses that boycott Israel or Israeli settlements and prohibit the board of investments from investing public fund money in those companies.
The Committee on State Administration held a hearing on the bill today in which several speakers voiced their opposition, emphasized the legal and fiscal dangers the bill poses, and urged legislators not to conflate legitimate criticism of Israeli government policies with the very real issue of anti-Semitism. They will vote sometime next week.
There are currently anti-BDS laws in 21 states across the country and anti-BDS executive orders in 5 others, with legislation pending in Mississippi, New York, and Montana. Earlier this month, CAIR issued an action alert urging Americans to oppose the legislation in Mississippi.
Courts in Arizona and Kansas have already struck down two anti-BDS laws, finding them unconstitutional restrictions on free speech.
SEE: Federal Court Blocks Arizona Law Aimed at Anti-Israel Boycotts
SEE: In First, Judge Blocks Kansas Law Aimed at Boycotts of Israel
In January, CAIR announced a legal challenge to Maryland’s “No Boycott of Israel” or “anti-BDS” law (Executive Order 01.01.2017.25).
CAIR’s lawsuit, on behalf of former Maryland lawmaker Syed Saqib Ali, says the Maryland order is a violation of the First and 14th Amendments to the Constitution.
SEE: Muslim Group Sues to Block ‘No Boycott of Israel’ Measure (AP)
CAIR: Maryland Man Sues Hogan, Frosh For Executive Order Forbidding Contracts With Those Who Boycott Israel
CAIR recently distributed an action alert encouraging Americans to voice their concerns about a similarly unconstitutional Senate bill.
CAIR Action Alert: Tell Congress to Protect Free Speech, Oppose Unconstitutional Anti-BDS Bill
In December, CAIR filed a motion on behalf of a Texas speech pathologist who was fired for refusing to sign a statement certifying that she does not, and will not, boycott Israel or Israeli settlements.
SEE: CAIR Files Motion to Enjoin Texas Anti-BDS Act as Unconstitutional
CAIR Video: Texas Muslim Fired for Refusing to Sign Unconstitutional Anti-BDS Oath Not to Boycott Israel
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, email@example.com; CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 202-742-6420, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com