US ‘UNCONSTITUTIONAL’ ANTI-BDS LAW CHALLENGED IN MARYLAND COURT | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


US ‘UNCONSTITUTIONAL’ ANTI-BDS LAW CHALLENGED IN MARYLAND COURT

A legal battle is underway in the US state of Maryland to reverse an anti-Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) legislation denounced as “unconstitutional”. Syed Saqib Ali – a former Maryland state representative – today filed a civil rights lawsuit against an executive order denying government contracts to businesses that boycott Israel.

The suit – filed in federal court – alleges that the Maryland leaders Gov. Larry Hogan and Attorney General Brian Frosh violated Ali’s First and 14th Amendment rights when Hogan signed an executive order in October 2017 requiring all state contractors to promise they will not boycott Israel.

In practice, the law has threatened the livelihood of US citizens who refuse to engage in commercial activities with settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt). Anti-BDS measures are seen as draconian, unconstitutional measures that punish US citizens for their adherence to international law against a foreign state in breach of international norms

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will be interesting to see how this case goes down, and to what legal appeals may apply, if any.

I frankly hope that this gets argued all the way up to the Supreme Court.

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