“‘Advocates for Israel’s apartheid are trying to persuade state and national legislatures to outlaw the right to boycott against social injustice in Israel,’ said Edward Mast, volunteer board member of SeaMAC. ‘This attack on free speech is one more example of demanding special treatment for the State of Israel.’ Bills and resolutions attempting to outlaw the movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel have been introduced or passed in at least 21 state legislatures and the U.S. Congress. New York Governor Mario Cuomo recently issued an executive order to create a blacklist of institutions or businesses that ‘engage in or promote’ BDS. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Center for Constitutional Rights and other civil liberties organizations are disputing the legality of these bills, resolutions and executive actions. ‘The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is gaining momentum,’ said Carla Curio, another volunteer board member of SeaMAC. ‘The government of Israel is frightened enough to spend millions of dollars on false and defamatory PR and propaganda, desperately trying to bully people away from taking citizen action against Israel’s apartheid and ongoing war crimes.'”

Source: “New San Francisco bus ads say: ‘Boycott Israel Until Palestinians Have Equal Rights’ Activism.'” August 11, 2016. http://mondoweiss.net/2016/08/francisco-boycott-palestinians/#sthash.o0srK9hb.dpuf

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