Anti-BDS Law Challenged in Arkansas

Updated: Mar 15


https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech/right-boycott-under-threat

"Yesterday the company that owns and publishes the Arkansas Times filed suit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of a state law requiring government contractors to pledge not to boycott Israel or reduce their fees by at least 20 percent.  The Times initiated the suit after the University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College, which has advertised regularly in the paper, informed the Times that it had to sign a certification that it would not engage in a boycott of Israel if it wanted to continue to receive advertising contracts from the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.  Times publisher Alan Leveritt declined, and the university has not advertised in the paper since.  The Times has never participated in a boycott of Israel or editorialized in support of one, the paper says."


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By Hank Reichman