Filing a lawsuit challenging a Kanas state law which prohibits participation in boycotts against Israel, the American Civil Liberties Union claims Kansas teacher was denied a teaching contract for refusing to agree to not boycott Israel, claiming the Kansas law violates her free speech rights.
By The Associated Press
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a Kansas law prohibiting state contractors from participating in boycotts against Israel.
The ACLU filed the lawsuit Wednesday for a Wichita public school curriculum coach. It says Esther Koontz was denied a state teacher training contract because she wouldn’t sign a statement saying she wasn’t boycotting Israel. Continue Reading »
In a rare moment of bipartisanship since President Trump took office, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act was jointly introduced by a House Republican and a Senate Democrat, with cosponsors from both sides of the aisle, yet free speech advocates are lining up to fight it.
By MICHAEL WILNER
WASHINGTON — Earlier this month, one of America’s largest civil liberties organizations announced opposition to a congressional bill that would target international efforts to boycott, divest and sanction Israel, setting up an uncomfortable fight between US-based Israel lobbies and free speech advocates.
The ACLU– a union at the forefront of several battles against the Trump administration over the rights of immigrants, refugees and minority groups facing systemic discrimination– said the bill would make worse a 1970s-era law that had already stymied the ability of individuals and companies to exercise their constitutional right to boycott. Continue Reading »