Human Rights Watch Report Reveals Major Free-Speech Impact of Anti-BDS Movement | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Human Rights Watch Report Reveals Major Free-Speech Impact of Anti-BDS Movement

Seventy-eight percent of Americans live in states that have laws or policies against boycotting Apartheid Israel or Israeli settlements, which are illegal under international law, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW). The report details the immense price Americans pay when exercising their free speech via their purchasing power to push back against human-rights abuses by Israel.

HRW further breaks down the number of states and which kinds of laws they have on the books:

Twenty-seven states have adopted laws or policies that penalize businesses, organizations, or individuals that engage in or call for boycotts against Israel. The laws or policies in 17 of those states explicitly target not only companies that refuse to do business in or with Israel, but also those that refuse to do business in Israeli settlements. Some states whose laws do not explicitly apply to settlements have also penalized companies that cut settlement ties.”

Andrew Prasow, HRW’s deputy U.S. advocacy director, said:

States should encourage, not sanction, companies that avoid contributing to rights abuses….

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