DANIEL SOKATCH, CEO of the New Israel Fund
I do not support the BDS movement against Israel. In fact, far from boycotting Israel, my colleagues and I raise and donate millions of dollars every year to build progressive civil society there.
Still, I oppose legislation currently before American lawmakers that would impose grave penalties on Americans who engage in boycotts of Israel or “Israeli-controlled territories,” or in other words, Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
Similar legislation has been proposed or passed in various forms in more than 40
American states. And while this gag bill in Congress is supported by some American Jewish organisations, others fiercely oppose it, as do rights groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed suit against one such law in Kansas on October 11, the first law suit challenging the constitutionality of these laws.
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