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Md. Anti-BDS bill stifles freedom

Md. Anti-BDS bill stifles freedom

Here we go again. For the fourth time since 2014, Maryland lawmakers have tried to use legislative action to hinder the growing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. This year, they’ve introduced a bill (SB739/HB949) that would prohibit individuals or corporations that support BDS from contracting with the state, which plainly violates the First Amendment. This bill is an obvious attempt to stymie political dissent, and it is a waste of time at the taxpayers' expense in an already pressed three-month legislative session.

Boycott is a commonly-employed, peaceful tool for change to address injustice, long recognized as protected First Amendment...

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