A federal judge has approved the passage of an Arkansas law that bans the government from doing business with anti-Israel boycotters. The Free Beacon reports:
Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) praised a federal district judge’s ruling Friday, after the judge upheld an anti-discrimination law as consistent with the First Amendment.
The Arkansas Times, a weekly paper based in Little Rock, argued that it could sell advertising space to public entities without certifying the Times was not boycotting Israel. It claimed mandating a certification abrogated its First and Fourteenth Amendment rights.
Arkansas’ general assembly passed Act 710 in 2017, which allows the state government to contract only with companies that do not boycott Israel. It prohibits the government to work with companies “engaging in refusals to deal, terminating business activities, or other actions that are intended to limit commercial relations with Israel, or persons or entities doing business in Israel or in Israeli-controlled territories, in a discriminatory manner.”
The bill follows several years of increasing pressure from anti-Israel activists for companies to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Political efforts, including BDS, target Israeli organizations and companies doing business in Israel in an effort to erode support for the state of Israel and pressure the Israeli government to change its policies.
It’s time to stop the antisemitism coming from Islamoleftists.