Tag Archive for anti-boycott

Airbnb charged in Civil Rights suit over anti-Semitic boycott in West Bank

Five US citizens charge Airbnb with violations of the US Civil Rights Act, the Fair Housing Act and the California Unfair Competition Law, by limiting boycott to only Jewish properties in the West Bank.
–  Plaintiffs blamed the BDS Movement as well as the biased NGO, Human Rights Watch for intimidating Airbnb.

By TOVAH LAZAROFF

 

Five US citizens filed a civil rights lawsuit in California this week against Airbnb, claiming its decision to delist rental properties in West Bank settlements was discriminatory to Jews and akin to Nazi boycotts.

Two of the plaintiffs also hold Israeli citizenship and live in the Efrat settlement in West Bank , the other three live in the US. Continue Reading »

Defending anti-Israel BDS, ACLU challenges Kansas in federal lawsuit

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 Israel: Amnesty International to face sanctions under provisions of anti-boycott law

After Amnesty International launched its campaign calling on the world to “ban Israeli settlement goods” over alleged war crimes, Israel’s Finance Minister is poised to enact an anti-boycott law for first time, meaning Amnesty could lose tax status and other legal consequences under the law.

By Yair Altman

 

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon has decided to use his authority under a 2011 anti-boycott law to punish Amnesty International, making it the first organization to face legal consequences under the provisions of the law.

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon. – Photo: Wikimedia\dikla bassist shafrir

The anti-boycott law, officially known as the Prevention of Damage to the State of Israel through Boycott Law, allows the finance minister to impose civil sanctions on entities that promote or take part in an economic, cultural or academic boycott against an institution or person under Israeli control because of their “affiliation with Israel.” The minister may deny certain tax benefits from such an organization regardless of whether it takes an active role or simply pledges to take part in such activity. Continue Reading »